Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal defeated Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-3 to win his opening match at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Paris.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is his fourth time of finishing atop the rankings, adding to 2008, 2010 and 2013.

"One year ago, for sure, I never dreamed of being world No.1 at the end of the season".

"I'm very, very happy for everything", said Nadal in his on-court interview.

The path toward the year-end top ranking was set for Nadal when Roger Federer withdrew from action at the 2017 Paris Masters. It has been an incredible year.

The 36-year-old won his eighth title of the year at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, beating Juan Martin del Potro in three sets in the final to move to 96 singles titles.

"And missing this tournament Bercy that I love, which is played in a city that I love too, costs me a lot". I'm very happy, but the season is not over.

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Nadal was not at his best against the 21-year-old Chung, but was rarely tested.

Pouille, the champion in Vienna last weekend, eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez while Isner, who would need to win the title in Paris to stand a chance, was a 7-6 (2), 6-7 (11), 6-3 victor over Diego Schwartzman.

The Spaniard will face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in the round of 16 as he attempts to win another title this year.

The 29-year-old was 47th in the points standings before the US Open in August, but an excellent run of form during which he reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows and won the Stockholm Open title has dragged him back into contention.

But Nadal's South Korean opponent, who is ranked world No.55, didn't make the game easy for Nadal and pushed him in the early games.

But Nadal will be safe in the knowledge that Even with the ATP finals in London yet to be played, 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will be firmly at the top of the tree as 36-year-old Federer can not catch him on points.

Also, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost to Robin Haase 3-6 6-2 6-2, and ninth seed John Isner beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (13-11) 6-3.

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