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Rafael Nadal is back to ATP world number 1 ranking for the first time since July 2011. Well it just shows how well he has played this season, especially when he was coming off a seven month injury layoff and had to miss the Australia Open this year. Even after missing such a big tournament he has claimed the number raking and is close to clinching the no.1 year-end ranking as well, which is something that is spectacular.

Though he did lose in the finals yesterday, which a fan was a little disappointing but then one cannot just expect him to win everything. He has already won 10 titles this year which is something special and though his personal best year was 2005 when he won 11 titles, he surely has enough tournaments left this year to break that record of his.

Apart from this he has won 5 ATP Master 1000 titles this year and can break the record by becoming the first player to win ATP 1000 titles in a year if he goes onto win in Shanghai this week or Paris a couple of weeks later. I though would hope that he wins both the tournaments and clinches the no.1 year end raking as soon as possible. And also hope that he could win the ATP World Tour Finals this year for the first time in his career as that is one of the very few prestigious trophies that he has never won.

I would like to wish him for this feat of his and hope that he has a very long stay at this ranking.

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Article: Nadal Chases History In Shanghai
Rafael Nadal has compiled an impressive streak at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2013. As he enters the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Spaniard could become the first player to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in one year.
“I hope to be ready for Shanghai,” he said on Sunday in Beijing. “It’s an important tournament, one of the most important of the season because it’s a Masters 1000 – you need to play against best players even in the first rounds.”
Nadal, who is 29-1 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2013, is seeking his first Shanghai Rolex Masters trophy. He reached the final in 2009 (l. to Davydenko).
At the China Open, Nadal finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic. Even with the loss, the Spaniard vaults into the No. 1 position in the Emirates ATP Rankings, ousting Djokovic from the top spot. Nadal had not held the No. 1 ranking since July 2011.
The next few weeks will prove important to the 26-time Masters 1000 champion, as he is strongly favoured to finish as the year-end No. 1. “I’m going to be in the top of the rankings for a few weeks. I need to keep playing well to try to finish No. 1 at the end of the season,” Nadal stated.

Article: Nadal Will Return To No. 1 By Reaching Beijing Final
“Rafael Nadal will become No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after reaching the China Open final.
Nadal will contest his 13th championship match of a remarkable season after World No. 5 Tomas Berdych retired at 2-4 in the first set in their Beijing semi-final on Saturday with a back injury.
Since returning from seven-month absence due to a left knee injury in February, Nadal has compiled a 65-3 match record on the season. He has won 10 titles from 12 finals, including the Roland Garros (d. Ferrer) and US Open (d. Djokovic) crowns plus five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies.
“[This is] a great year, one of the best years of my career without any doubt,” sad Nadal. “[It] sure is special be back to the top position of the rankings after more than a half year without playing tennis.”
He said he was prouder of the hard work and results that earned him the No. 1 ranking, rather than the number itself. “At the end, it’s just a number… What [makes] me happy is [everything] I did to be back where I am today.”
The left-handed Nadal extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head over Berdych to 16-3. He has now won his last 15 clashes against Czech.
The 27-year-old Spaniard has had two stints at the summit of men’s professional tennis for a total of 102 weeks. Nadal first became No. 1 on 18 August 2008 for a period of 46 weeks. He regained top spot from Roger Federer on 7 June 2010 and added 56 weeks to his tally until relinquishing No. 1 to Novak Djokovic on 4 July 2011.
By reaching the final, Nadal is one win away from claiming his first China Open title since 2005. The Mallorcan extended his current winning streak to 21 matches. It’s the sixth season in his career than Nadal has posted 20 or more consecutive victories.
Nadal will attempt to retain the year-end No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2010 and the third time overall (also ’08). “[It] will be a great finish [to] the season if I am able to finish the season [at] the No. 1 spot.  For that, I am sure I need to win more matches if I want to be there,” said the Spaniard.
If he manages the feat, he’ll become the first player to finish as year-end No. 1 three years after losing the ranking. Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer both recaptured the year-end top spot in 1989 and 2009 respectively, after a gap of two years.
“If I am able to be No. 1 at the end of the season, then, that’s an important achievement because I will be the best of the year… That’s something that really motivates me,” said Nadal.
He wished Berdych a speedy recovery, ahead of next week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.
“I barely can sit, I [can] barely can stand up [or] walk,” said Berdych, who described the injury as new. The Czech No. 1 said he tweaked his back while running for a backhand slice.
Berdych voiced his respect for Nadal. “It’s really incredibly well done in how short [a] time he [became] No. 1 again after [his] comeback… That’s really an achievement.””

 


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Rafael Nadal has won his 2nd US Open title and his 13th major title. Now he is 3rd on the all-time major winner’s list with only Pete Sampras (14 titles) and Roger Federer (17 titles) ahead of him. With this he also has won his 10th title this year, and his second major of the year, after having won French Open in June. In terms of titles won this year can be regarded as probably his best year, especially since he was coming out of a 7 month injury period and had to miss the Australia Open as well. 

Also, now he inches closer to the no.1 ranking and is in the striking distance. He should definitely achieve the ranking this year unless he is not able to compete in the remaining tournaments this year due to injury or anything. Though he could have achieved the No.1 ranking had Djokovic not made it to the finals of the tournament. But that is something that is not in his hands. And whatever was possible for him to do, he did by defeating Djokovic in the finals.

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And like I had written in one of my previous posts, what next should be on the agenda for Nadal?  Equal Martina Navratilova’s record of 9 major titles at a single event or Sampras’s 14 major titles is something to watch out for. Though he can and should achieve both of them in the French Open next year, but in the form he is in I would hope he wins the Australian Open as well early next year and then go onto win the French Open and in the process achieve another record of becoming the only player in the open era and only the third player ever to win every major at least twice. (He now has 1 Australian Open, 8 French Open, 2 Wimbledon, and 2 US Open titles).

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his achievement, and I hope he gives many more such instances for us to be happy of.

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