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Best of the best! Nadal's win in Paris means he'll end 2017 as world number one

‘For sure, I never dreamed about being world number one again at the end of the season.’

Nadal in action in Paris today.
Nadal in action in Paris today.
Image: Pierre Stevenin

RAFAEL NADAL WILL bring 2017 to a close as the world number one.

It was confirmed after the Spaniard beat 21-year-old South Korean Chung Hyeon 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters. Roger Federer’s withdrawal from the tournament meant that a win in this match was enough for Nadal to top the rankings.

It’s the fourth time the 31-year-old will end the season as world number one, and he’s now the oldest player to do so. The last time he finished the year in the top spot was 2013, after doing so in 2008 and 2010 too.

Nadal replaced Andy Murray at the top in August and has won six titles this year, including two grand slams.

“I’m very, very happy for everything,” he said on court after his win. ”It has been an amazing year.

“One year ago, for sure, I never dreamed 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.”

Nadal has never won the Paris Masters, and next up is Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the Round of 32 tomorrow.

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