Rafael Nadal Receives Year-End No. 1 Trophy

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Today afternoon in London, Rafael Nadal was honoured as year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 for the fourth time in his career.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, presented Rafa with the trophy in an on-court ceremony.

Rafa:

It’s been a fantastic season, a very emotional one after what I’ve been going through with injuries. I never thought I’d be getting this trophy this time last year.

None of this would have been possible without my team and family. Many thanks for the support. There have been tough moments but we kept believing.

I want to say thanks all of the tournaments over the year and all of the fans.

You have been a huge support during the whole year in every event. Without all of you nothing would be the same.

Thanks very much and see you tomorrow on court!

At 31, Rafa is the oldest player to finish year-end No. 1 in Emirates ATP Rankings history (since 1973). Having previously finished at the top in 2008, 2010 and 2013, our champ became the first player to hold, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on three occasions.

He is also the first player to finish No. 1 four times in non-consecutive years, the first aged over-30 and the first to finish in the top spot four years since he last achieved the feat (2013). The nine-year gap between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his last (2017) is also a record.

He is the seventh player to finish the year at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (5), Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Novak Djokovic (4).

Source: ATP World Tour

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ATP Finals 2017: Saturday practice photos

Here are some photos from Rafa’s Saturday practice session in London.

 

ATP Finals 2017: Friday practice photos

Despite his problem with a right knee injury, Rafael Nadal was in good mood during Friday’s practice session in London.

 

Rafael Nadal says he didn’t ask the ATP to play on Monday

(PA Sports) – Rafael Nadal is adamant he will be fit to play in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London after another injury scare.

If I didn’t believe I could be ready for Monday I wouldn’t be here.

I don’t have to make a decision. I’m going to play. That’s my feeling today.

I had problems in Paris a week ago. I go day by day, how I’m feeling.

I cannot predict what will happen, but my feeling now is I’m going to play and try my best.

Rafa faces David Goffin on Monday evening in the last of the first round of matches. Two groups of four players play in a round-robin format before semi-finals and a final.

He insisted he had made no schedule demands on the organisers which would give him additional time to recuperate from his injury.

I didn’t have any request. I didn’t ask anything.

Rafa is guaranteed to end the year as world number one, irrespective of his performance at the finals, which begin on Sunday and end on November 19. He has qualified for finals previously 12 times, withdrawing on five occasions, including 12 months ago.

He has never won the year-ending event.

It’s always in my mind, during 13 years that I’m qualified.

Being here is an important thing, but for me the most important thing is the only thing that happened to me this year. Winning tournaments, competing every week, being healthy until Paris.

I’m number one here, great. It’s a very important achievement, especially at my age. It’s something important for me, but that’s all. It’s going to be a nice moment when I receive Sunday the award, a year ago it was never in my mind to achieve that again. For me the most important thing is to finish the season well.

On the prospect of playing Federer in the final, Rafa said:

It would be great to finish the year playing against him again.

Source: PA Sports

Rafael Nadal Attends ATP Finals Gala in London

Rafael Nadal attended the tournament gala for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the Tower of London on Thursday night.

Our champ was joined by Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Jack Sock in London.

Also attending were the world’s top eight doubles teams.

Draw made for ATP Finals 2017: Will Rafael Nadal play in London?

The ATP World Tour Finals draw has been made.

Rafael Nadal is already practicing in London even though there are some concerns about his participation as he had to pull out of the Paris Masters last week with a knee injury.

He will take on David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov in the round-robin stage at London’s O2 Arena.

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Group ‘Pete Sampras’

  • Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • David Goffin

Group ‘Boris Becker’

  • Roger Federer
  • Alexander Zverev
  • Marin Cilic
  • Jack Sock

Rafa’s first match will be against David Goffin on Monday, not before 8 PM local time.

Our champ, who has won six titles this year including the French and US Open, has already guaranteed top spot in the world rankings this season.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal not offended when security guard fails to recognize him in Paris

Rafael Nadal was heading to the training courts in Paris when he was stopped by a security guard, who didn’t recognize him at first. Here’s how it actually happened.