Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal will end the 2017 season as the world No 1 after beating South Korea's Chung Hyeon in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is his fourth time of finishing atop the rankings, adding to 2008, 2010 and 2013. "One year ago for sure I never dreamed about being world No1 at end of the season so it's something that means a lot".

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

Roger Federer's withdrawal from the tournament in order to rest ahead of the ATP Finals meant Nadal needed only one win to guarantee his great rival could not catch him.

"I'm very very happy for everything".

The 16-time Grand Slam champion did not have it all his own way in a see-sawing first set in which he and Chung exchanged two breaks apiece before Nadal broke to love in the final game. It's been an unbelievable year, ' he said after the match.

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.

In remaining first-round play, Britain's Kyle Edmund rallied from a set and 3-0 down and saved match point before beating Evgeny Donskoy of Russian Federation 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3.

He will next face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who ended a 10-match losing streak in round one and backed that up with a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory over the 15th seed Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

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.

But he roared past the competition at Roland Garros before landing his 16th Slam in NY and he will now look to end his season on a high in Paris-Bercy before heading to London for the ATP World Tour Finals.

But Nadal's South Korean opponent, who is ranked world No.55, didn't make the game easy for Nadal and pushed him in the early games.