Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nadal is the ATP year-end #1!

This post is a month late but I can't let the month pass without congratulating Rafa Nadal for clinching the year-end #1 ranking. This is the fourth time that Rafa ends the year #1. He also achieved this feat in 2008, 2010, 2013 and now in 2017. He is the only player so far - male or female - to regain the year-end #1 ranking three times (interestingly enough, he has never been the year-end #1 on consecutive years). Way to go, Rafa!

Nadal now also holds the record for oldest year-end #1. I do have the feeling though that with the way Roger Federer has been playing, he may actually take this record from Rafa at some point early next year; Roger is just 1000 points behind Rafa right now. I still find it incredibly impressive that Rafa and Roger are at the top of the rankings again this year, and by a pretty good margin (Grigor Dimitrov is #3 but more than 4,000 points behind Roger).

Hopefully Rafa Nadal can maintain or stay close to his 2017 form. I would love for him to stay at #1 for a bit longer and win the French Open again. Whatever happens in the remainder of his career though, there really is no question that Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Congratulations, Rafa!

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