Although Rafael Nadal did not win the World Tour Final (only his second final appearance of his career), he had one of the biggest comebacks of all time. To summarize this year:
- Rafa came into the season after 222 days of injury. His ranking went as low as 5, something that hasn’t happened since 2005.
- He became the fifth player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) to move from outside the Top 3 from the previous season to finish No. 1 the next season.
- This final marked his 14th final showing in 17 tournaments this season (10-3 in finals). He ends with a 75-7 match record (93%).
- He secured a record-breaking eighth Roland Garros title as well as a bunch of clay court titles (summary below).
- More importantly, he won the US Open for a second time along with Indian Wells, Montreal, and Cincinnati something many thought he could never achieve.
- He has a record-breaking 26 Masters Titles.
- He enters 2014 with the chance to at least tie Pete Sampras’s 14 grand slam titles and at most tie Roger Federer’s record of 17 grand slam titles.
WON (10 titles): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Del Potro); Barcelona (d Almagro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Wawrinka); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (d Federer); Roland Garros (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (d Raonic); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d Isner); US Open (d Djokovic); Final (3): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); Beijing (l Djokovic); SF (2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Ferrer)
In conclusion, VAMOS RAFA and bring on 2014!