Rafael Nadal Clinches Year-End #1 for the 4th Time

Rafael Nadal Clinches Year-End #1 for the 4th Time

Rafael Nadal Clinches Year-End #1 for the 4th Time

"Very happy for everything, it has been an wonderful year", the 16-time Grand Slam champion said.

"It was impossible for me to think about (being No.1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years", he said.

It marks the conclusion of what has been a remarkable season of renaissance for Nadal, who overcame wrist problems from past year to win the French Open and US Open - his 15th and 16th grand slam titles.

Nadal has, of course, enjoyed fantastic success in Paris, winning the French Open 10 times across the city at Roland Garros, but he has never won the title at Bercy.

The victory makes the 16-time grand slam champion the oldest man to achieve the feat and the seventh to do so on four or more occasions, having previously come out on top in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

"Of course it was not the goal (at the start of the season)", Nadal told a press conference. I'm very happy, but the season is not over.

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"It's something that means a lot to me, but the season is not over". "After nearly 10 years since the first time that I finished the year with this number".

Roger Federer's withdrawal from the tournament in order to rest ahead of the ATP Finals meant Nadal needed only one win to guarantee his great rival could not catch him.

He will next face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who ended a 10-match losing streak in round one and backed that up with a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory over the 15th seed Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London as well with a 6-3 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson's chances took a dent after a 5-7 6-4 7-5 loss to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Andy Murray, who was 2016's season-end number one, is third with 20-year-old Alexander Zverev fourth.

But the 31-year-old Spaniard - who is also trying to balance the delicate political situation in his native country with his status as an global sportsman - refused to hype up his potential coronation.

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