The 31-year-old Spanish tennis player has had an amazing year to recount on. Rafael Nadal knew a win over South Korean, World No. 55 seed Hyeon Chung will undoubtedly lead him to end the year as World No. 1 in the world of tennis.
Eventually, he did beat 21-year old Chung 7-5 6-3 in the Second Round of the Paris Masters to take the top seed accolade and for the fourth time in his career, making him the oldest named No.1 after 2008, 2010 and 2013.
It’s being a noticeable year for Rafael Nadal as 2016, was never a year for him to recount on in his professional career with series of long-term injuries. He has risen from No.8 at the start of 2017 going on to win 6 singles titles so far this season which including two Grand Slams (French Open and US open) in the process to take up the No.1 spot which is well-deserved one for Nadal.
The World No. 1 was happy by the way he has improved on his games: I’m very happy for everything said Nadal in his on-court media chat “it has been an amazing year, one year ago, for sure I never dreamt 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 over” Quoted on ATP tour website.
With the Paris Masters and ATP World Tour Finals, tournaments left this season. Nadal will be aiming to add more accolades to his collection as he eyes the Paris Masters title after progressing to the third-Round.
Nadal will be crowned the World No.1 at the ATP World Tour Final in London toward the end of November regardless of what happened in the remaining master’s tournaments.
The question now is how long will he be able to hold on to the No.1 crown? Even though he has promised to maintain the grip in 2018.