By beating Hyeong Chung in his opening match at the Paris Masters, Rafael Nadal locked up the year-end ATP No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in his career.
Nadal also finished No. 1 in 2008, 2010 and 2013. And last year he ended the season No. 9.
Nadal, who replaced Great Britain’s Andy Murray at No. 1 on August 21, has already won six titles this year including the French Open and the US Open.
At 31, Nadal is the oldest player to finish year-end No. 1 in ATP Rankings history (since 1973).
He is also the first player to finish No. 1 four times in non-consecutive years, the first aged over-30 and the first to finish in the top spot four years since he last achieved the feat (2013). The nine-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2017) is also a record.
“I’m very, very happy for everything,” said Nadal. “It has been an amazing year. One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being World No. 1 again at the end of the season. It’s something that means a lot to me. But the season is not over.”
ATP MOST YEAR END NO. 1 FINISHES (since 1973)
6 – Pete Sampras
5 – Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer
4 – Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Novak Djokovic
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