Rafael Nadal to finish 2019 as Year-End World No. 1

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With Roger Federer’s win over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal is assured of the year-end world No 1 ranking for the fifth time.

Having previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017, Rafa is the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on four occasions. He is also the first player to finish No. 1 five times in non-consecutive years. The 11-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2019) is also a record.

This is the 16th straight season that the year-end World No. 1 ranking has been held by a member of the ‘Big Four’ — Federer (2004-07, ’09), Nadal (2008, ’10, ’13, ’17, ‘19), Djokovic (2011-12, ’14-15, ‘18) or Andy Murray (2016).

Oldest Year-End No. 1 in ATP Rankings History:

1 – Rafael Nadal , 33, in 2019

2 – Novak Djokovic , 31, in 2018

3 – Rafael Nadal, 31, in 2017

4 – Ivan Lendl, 29, in 1989

5 – Andre Agassi , 29, in 1999

Source: ATP Tour

58 comments

  1. Great job, Rafa👏 Hope to see you in the semis! Hopefully Daniil will win his first ATP Finals match against Alex🤞

    I felt so emotional watching you receiving, holding and biting the year end world no. 1 trophy. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, so many congratulations to you and your team for another outstanding season, so happy for you😁

    Vamos Rafa💪❤️

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  2. VAMOS SWEETHEART……YOU ARE SUCH A GIFTED BLESSING TO US ALL GLOBAL TENNIS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPRESSIVE GOAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!:) NO ONE IN TENNIS HISTORY BRINGS SUCH CLASSY TENNIS DRIVE AND ENORMOUSLY PLEASING EXCITING MATCHES!!!!!!!!!:) THANK YOU DEAR RAFA FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK EFFORTS AND DRIVE!!!!!!:) YOU BRING SO MUCH FUN …. . DELIGHTFUL INTENSITY, EMOTIONS FILLED WITH SHEER OWE OF YOUR TENNIS BRILLIANCE!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO AND ENJOY YOUR BEAUTIFUL SUCCESS AND EVERYTHING YOU ACHIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS TO YOU AND YOUR BELOVED LOYAL LOVED ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  3. MAGICAL NUMBER ONE WORLD TENNIS HERO SENIOR GOAT RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE PRECIOUS CHAMPION!!!!!!!:) SO SPECIAL GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!:) CONGRATULATIONS ON YPUR SOLID PASSIONATE VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY ALL YOUR GREAT FUN SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!:) YOUR EXCITING MAGICAL TENNIS GIFTS ARE A TREAT TO ALL AVID TENNIS FANS WORLD WIDE!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND SO PROUD OF YOUR COURT COMMAND!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS AND ENJOY CELEBRATING WITH YOUR LOVED ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU LOOK BEAUTIFULLY DIGNIFIED HOLDING THE WORLD NUMBER ONE TROPHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  4. CI……..CI…….CI……..OUR PRECIOUS GOAT BREAKING AT 6:5…..GOD BLESS YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  5. WHO IS THE KING OF VOLLEYS????? WHO……WHO……WHO……WE THINK THE SPANISH TENNIS GENIUS…..ONE AND ONLY RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING SWEETHEART YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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  6. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO GORGEOUS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YES……CI…..WI……WHAT A SHARP STRIKING CROSS COURT SPEEDY WINNER!!!!!!!!!!:) CROWD LOVES YOU RAFA KEEP GOING TENNIS GENIUS!!!!!!!:) FEISTY REACH FOR OVER NET BRILLIANT WINNER!!!!!!!!!!:) WOW……ANOTHER SPEEDY SHARP CROSS COURT FH DELIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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  7. AWESOME NET VOLLEY. My heart is beating so fast. I want so much for our Champion to win! Come on Rafa. Snatch this deuce!

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  8. STUNNING LOVE HOLD TOPPED WITH SHINING ACE!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS SWEETHEART…..POINT BY POINT TENNIS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE YOU RAFA NADAL…..YOU JUST PLACED ANOTHER GORGEOUS WINNING VOLLEY!!!!!!!!!:):):):):) AND ANOTHER ONE NEAR NET XOXOXOXOXOXO

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  9. GREAT FORCEFUL PLAY SWEETHEART…..ON T’S LAST 4 SERVE GAMES…. GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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  10. GORGEOUS VOLLEY!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!:) CI…….CI…..CI…..YOU BEAUTIFULLY BROKE HIS SERVE LEADING 5: 4 …….VAMOS SWEETHEART……ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXO

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  11. KEEP GOING SWEETHEART YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE!!!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR FEISTY ENERGY!!!!!!!!:) NO BIG DEAL….PLENTY TIME LEFT…….WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  12. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!:) ANOTHER BEAUTY……POWER……AIM………..GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE SO GOOD AT TIE BREAK!!!!!!!!!:):):) DOWN THE LINE STRIKING WINNER…….IT IS OK TO MISS SOME SWEETHEART….KEEP GOING……YOU ARE SOLID RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXO

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    • KEEP GOING SWEETHEART YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE!!!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR FEISTY ENERGY!!!!!!!!:) NO BIG DEAL….PLENTY TIME LEFT…….WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  13. COURT OFFICIALS MUST STOP ALL CAMERA FLASHES AT ONCE! ESPECIALLY SINCE WE SAW TWICE CLOSE UP OF THE OBJECTIONABLE INTRUDER SITTING BEHIND TSITSIPAS. AIMING FLASHED CAMERA STRAIGHT FORWARD DURING NADAL’S SERVING. MATCH COMMENTATOR POINTED OUT THE FLASHED CAMERA AS WELL.

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