The rankings have been updated, and Rafael Nadal has a 920 point lead over Novak Djokovic at 13,030, with no points to defend for the month of January, including at the Australian Open, where Djokovic has to defend his title. He gained 1000 points as the runner up at the World Tour Finals in London.
Rafa started the year with a ranking of No. 4 (6600 points), dropping to No. 5 later that month. After his win at Sao Paulo, Rafa went on a winning spree, losing points only at Monte Carlo, where he was unable to defend his title. Although he did not advance beyond the first round at Wimbledon, he did not have any points to defend thereafter, and any tournament was an opportunity to add to his ranking. That is exactly how it went, as Rafa won the US Open and went deep in the Asian Swing and at the World Tour Finals. His Year End No.1 ranking was well deserved.
What a fantastic year; 2014 will be great! Vamos Rafa!