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Nadal is top again
    2017-August-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

RAFAEL NADAL described his climb back to the world No. 1 spot for the first time in three years as “unbelievable.”

His top spot was confirmed in the latest ATP rankings released Monday.

The Spaniard, who learned he was going to reclaim the ATP summit a week ago, last topped the men’s charts in July 2014.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won his 15th Grand Slam title this year at Roland Garros, deposes Britain’s Andy Murray, who withdrew from the tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury.

Nadal, who has spent 141 weeks in the top spot, has struggled with knee injuries since first becoming No. 1 in August 2008 after a Cincinnati semifinal run. He has admitted doubting he could ever regain the No. 1 spot after so many years.

“Being No. 1 after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable,” the Spanish great told the ATP.

Nadal, knocked out in the Cincinnati quarterfinals last week by Australian Nick Kyrgios, had slipped to as low as 13th in the ATP rankings midway through 2015.

And his path back to the top one week before the closing Grand Slam of the season at the U.S. Open was hailed by Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president. “To regain the No. 1 ranking nine years after having first reached it is unprecedented,” he said.

“Rafa has been setting records throughout his remarkable career and this one is as impressive as any. It shows incredible dedication and longevity, ” Kermode added.

Kyrgios’s progress to Sunday’s Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati earned him a five-rung rise to 18th with the man who beat him 6-4, 7-5, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, breaking into the top 10 in 9th.

The women’s winner in Cincinnati, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, meanwhile, climbed three places to third in the latest WTA rankings.

The Wimbledon champion beat Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday’s final, thwarting the Romanian’s bid to overhaul Czech Karolina Pliskova as world No. 1.(SD-Agencies)

 

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