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Rafael Nadal Receives ATP World No 1 Award:- The 31-year old Spaniard Tennis player, Rafael Nadal has received the ATP World Number 1 award on court at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, on Sunday. He had received the award from from ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode.
On August 21, Nadal replaced Andy Murray of Britain at Number 1, and has guaranteed the year-end Number 1 ranking for a fourth time following 2008, 2010 and 2013, reported a leading news channel.
Nadal has enjoyed a stellar season. He has captured six titles, including two Grand Slam in the French Open and US Open and two ATP Masters 1000s. In the ATP world rankings history, Nadal is the oldest player to finish year-end Number 1.
“It’s been a fantastic season, a very emotional one after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple of years,” said Nadal during the on-court ceremony. “It’s not something I could’ve thought of one year ago, so it means a lot to me.
“None of this could’ve been possible without my family, my team... I can just say many thanks to all of them for the support. There have been some tough moments but everybody kept believing that things like this are possible again so without the work of all them, I wouldn’t be back where I am today.”
Nadal sharing his appreciation for the tournaments, fans and sponsors, he said, “Without you, nothing would be the same, so thanks everybody for supporting our sport,” he said.
To win 10 titles at the same tournament, Nadal became the first player in the Open Era, this past spring. Not just once, but he accomplished 'La Decima' three times with his triumphs in Barcelona, Monte-Carlo and Roland Garros, even more impressively.