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Nadal secures top spot till end of year

Paris: Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal secured a year-end top position in the ATP Rankings following his victory over South Korean talent Chung Hyeon in the second round of the Paris Masters, while promising German star Alexander Zverev was stunned by Dutch Robin Haase in full sets.

The 31-year-old Nadal has become the oldest and first year-end No1 over the age of 30 since the ATP Rankings were established in 1973, reports Xinhua news agency.
This is his fourth time to be crowned world No.1 at the end of the season, after 2008, 2010 and 2013.
"I'm very, very happy for everything," Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview on Wednesday.
"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."
Nadal emphasised that "the season is not over."
"Here in Paris, the most important city in my career without doubt, I'm just looking forward to getting to the point," he said.
After both sides held their serves in the first two games, Chung broke for the first time throughout the match, before Nadal made a strong comeback to nail four games in a row.
Chung showed his resistance and tied it at 5-all. Then Nadal regrouped himself and took away the first set at 7-5 with a big forehand.

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