Rafael Nadal has clinched
the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking for a third time
after recording his second match win in Group B against
Stanislas Wawrinka at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
on Wednesday afternoon.
The 27-year-old Spaniard
previously finished at the top in 2008 and 2010, and
becomes the first player to hold, lose and regain the
year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking on two occasions.
Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl each accomplished the feat
once. Nadal will be presented with the ATP World Tour
No. 1 trophy this week at The O2.
This is the
10th straight season that the year-end World No. 1
ranking has been held by Nadal (2008, ’10, ‘13), Federer
(2004-07, ’09) or Novak Djokovic (2011-12).
returned to World No. 1 on 7 October for the first time
in more than two years after reaching his 13th final of
a phenomenal season at the China Open in Beijing. He
made his comeback in February with a No. 5 ranking
following a seven-month injury layoff and won 10 titles,
including Roland Garros, US Open and five ATP World Tour
Masters 1000 triumphs. He also went undefeated on hard
courts (26-0) through the China Open final, when he
finished runner-up to Djokovic.
first attained the No. 1 ranking on 18 August 2008 for a
period of 46 weeks, becoming the first Spaniard to
finish a season at the summit of men’s professional
tennis. He regained the top spot from Federer on 7 June
2010, for another 56-week stretch, before relinquishing
No. 1 to Djokovic following the 2011 Wimbledon final.
Nadal competes in London at No. 1 for the 107th week in
The Mallorcan is looking to win his
first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title this week at
The O2 in London. He achieved his best finish in 2010,
when he came in No. 1 and lost to Federer in the final.
Nadal is making his sixth appearance at the season
finale; he has qualified nine times.