Nadal seals fourth year-end No.1 ranking

Rafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters

Nadal's 21-year-old opponent pushed him in the early rounds, but found his power and force all too much- after the hour mark he was clearly struggling against the 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is now level with McEnroe, Lendl and Djokovic in terms of year-end No.1 titles, but is one shy of Federer.

Nadal, 31, becomes the first man over 30 to finish a season at the top in ATP history (since 1973), with the caveat that some tennis historians debate the early days of the less precise computer rankings.

After a wrist injury past year cost Rafael Nadal his streak of 11 consecutive top-five seasons, the King of Clay came back stronger than just about anyone could have anticipated, a journey that he cemented on Wednesday by clinching his finish at World No. 1.

Nadal has finished the calendar year as number one in three previous years, 2008, 2010 and 2013.

"One year ago, for sure, I never dreamt about being No. 1 again at the end of the season so it's something that means a lot to me".

Speaking after victory on Wednesday, the Spaniard said: "I'm very, very happy for everything".

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Zverev, 20, converted his only break-point in the first set to take the lead while Haase wasted six break chances.

As stated in the Twitter account of the Masters 1000 of Paris, it is the fourth time that the Spanish achieves such a performance. Without really shine, a protégé of Carlos Moya Toni Nadal was defeated in the trap, Chung-Hyeon in two sets (7-5, 6-3), after not evil suffered in the first set. In the race to join Nadal and Zverev at the ATP Finals in London, there were valuable victories for Lucas Pouille and John Isner.

Nadal earned this ranking by winning two Grand Slams (the French Open and US Open) this year, along with a runner-up showing at the Australian Open.

The Spaniard is holding the eighth and last spot for the year-ending event, but his loss gives added hope to the likes of Juan Martin del Potro.

Sam Querrey's ATP Finals bid is over, though, after the big-serving American lost 6-4, 6-4 to Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who will meet Mahut in the next round.

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