Rafael Nadal, the sixteen time Grand Slam champion, complete the year-ending World Number one ranking after he overcome South Korean Hyeon Chung in the first-round of the Rolex Paris Masters.
Nadal will end a season at the top of the tennis world for the fourth time in his career after 2008, 2010 and 2013.
It’s been a amazing return story for Nadal.
Last year, Nadal experience a first round defeat to Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open before losing at the French Open and U.S. Open, apart from missing out at the Wimbledon due to a wrist injury.
The year also saw Nadal not attaining a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time since 2004, spreading rumor of a potential retirement from tennis.
“A year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being number one again at the end of the season.
It has been a remarkable year.
It not possible for me to think about returning from a tough time without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years,” an emotional Nadal in his on-court interview after 7-5, 6-3 victory over Chung.
The Spaniard has been in hast to prove his naysayers wrong, winning two out of the four Grand Slams in 2017 apart from pushing leading nemesis Roger Federer to a five-set classic at the Australian Open final.
The 31-year-old has secure a total of six titles in 2017 which includes the French Open, the U.S. Open and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies.
At 31, Nadal will become the oldest player in ATP Rankings History to finish a year at World number one he will be presented with the trophy at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held in London from Nov. 12-19.
“I’m very, very glad for everything.
It has been an amazing year. a year ago for sure I never dreamed about being World number one again at the end of the season.
It’s something that means a lot to me.
But the season is not yet over.
It’s about how strong you are for what you are doing.
It’s about the mentality of waking up every morning with the right reason to go on court and make something better.
Rafael Nadal was a lock to finish the year World number one after Roger Federer made a surprising decision to pull out from the ongoing Paris Masters.
Federer, after winning his eighth Swiss Indoors title, needed to put up strong show at Parris and the Nitto ATP Finals (Nov. 12-19) to dare Nadal’s throne.
However, the Swiss Master cited a back injury and decided to drop his quest to finish World No. 1 for the first time since 2009.