Rafael Nadal returns to the Number 1 in the ATP Ranking for the first time since July 2011.
He now has a chance to make history as the first player to win six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in one season at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters. The 27-year-old Spaniard, a Shanghai finalist in 2009, has won the past four Masters 1000 tournaments to take his record title haul to 26.
Nadal, who has earned 10 ATP World Tour titles this season, far exceeded his expectations at the beginning of 2013. He was focused on rehabilitating his left knee, injured during Wimbledon 2012. Nadal was off the tour for seven months.
“When you are injured at home, you can’t think about coming back and playing 13 finals in 14 tournaments. You never think about something like this,” Nadal reflected in an interview with our ATP partners.
The left-hander’s return to the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings caps off an emotional year. “I am at the top and it’s something special for me,” said Nadal. “I’m enjoying the situation. I’m playing one of the best seasons of my career and probably one of the more emotional ones, too.
“I’m just so happy for everything. I try to keep working hard. I’m going to try to keep playing and keep working on the things that gave me the success during most of the tournaments of this year,” Nadal said.
“Competition is what motivates me and makes me happy. I’m happy that I am able to be on the tour again.”