Nadal to finish 2017 as World number one

ATP Paris Rafael Nadal beats Chung to clinch the Year-end No. 1 spot

Rafael Nadal said "it was not the goal" to finish 2017 as the world No 1, after securing the year-end top ranking for the fourth time on Wednesday.

Nadal's 21-year-old opponent pushed him in the early rounds, but found his power and force all too much- after the hour mark he was clearly struggling against the 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is now level with McEnroe, Lendl and Djokovic in terms of year-end No.1 titles, but is one shy of Federer.

'One year ago for sure I never dreamed of being world No. 1 at the end of the season so I'm very happy for everything.

"I think it's a very important achievement and is (an) important achievement in itself", he said.

Nadal went into the match knowing victory would give him an unassailable lead as world number one over old rival Roger Federer, after the Swiss legend withdrew before the start of the Paris tournament. It has been an fantastic year.

With such titles in Monte Carlo (Masters 1000), Barcelona (ATP 500) and the French Open, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at not just one event, but three.

"It is something that means lot to me".

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"I'm very very happy for everything".

Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas in the last 16 on Thursday, after the unseeded Uruguayan edged out Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.

It has been a stunning year for the 31-year-old, who won the French Open for the tenth time, as well as winning the US Open and reaching the final of the Australian Open.

The Rome Masters and Montreal Masters champion fell to Dutchman Robin Haase in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 second-round defeat.

But Nadal will be safe in the knowledge that Even with the ATP finals in London yet to be played, 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will be firmly at the top of the tree as 36-year-old Federer can not catch him on points.

Another home player, Lucas Pouille, kept his slim hopes of reaching London alive by seeing off Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, but US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson's chances ended with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Fernando Verdasco.

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