Rafa Nadal has clinched the year-end world No.1 ranking for the fourth time. The 2017 Shanghai Rolex Masters finalist had to win one match at the Rolex Paris Masters to take an unassailable lead from Roger Federer, who was also in the running for the year-end No.1. The Spanish superstar did that by defeating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3. That win given him enough of a cushion to end the year No.1
“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.”
The last time Rafa reached year-end No.1 was in 2013 and he becomes the first man to win, lose and regain the year-end top spot on three occasions plus, at 31, he is the oldest man to reach the year-end No.1.