Rafael Nadal Clinches Year-End No. 1 Ranking
The race for the 2010 No. 1 ranking is over. Rafael Nadal has clinched the year-end ranking after winning the US Open this past Monday, that according to the ATP.
“It has been an incredible season – one of my best ever, if not the best,” said Nadal who finishes No. 1 for the second time in three years. “Winning the US Open together with Roland Garros and Wimbledon, as well as the three back-to-back (ATP World Tour) Masters 1000s in Europe, was not easy. I worked very hard to get back to the top and it feels really good to know I will end the year as No.1.”
The 24-year-old Spaniard just won his ninth career Slam at the US Open on Monday and in doing so Nadal became just the seventh player to hold all four major titles (career Slam) and he also has an Olympic gold and a Davis Cup on his resume.
Nadal joins Ivan Lendl and Federer as the only players to have held, lost and regained the year-end No. 1 ranking in the 37-year history of the Rankings (since 1973).
Rafa leads the ATP with six titles and a 59-7 match record in 2010. Since April he has won 43 of 46 matches, winning six of nine tournaments and the last three Slams.
Rafa is next scheduled to compete in the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok starting on September 27.
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