RAFAEL NADAL will celebrate ending the year as world number one after his victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals.
Even if he doesn’t win the ATP final, he will leave London with the year-end world number one title and trophy.
It is the fifth time Nadal has ended the year ranked first, tying with Federer, Djokovic and Jimmy Connors and becomes the oldest year-end No. 1 in ATP history for a second time, years after many experts thought that Rafa would be retired.
Nadal himself expressed his delight with his latest achievement stating after the game that he was ‘super happy’ especially after all the injuries he’d suffered throughout his career ‘to have this trophy in my hands at the age of 33-and-a-half.’
Andre Agassi once said back in 2005 in reference to a then 19-year-old Rafael Nadal that “He’s writing checks that his body can’t cash,”
Over a decade later and Nadal continues to prove the American wrong. And on several occacions, in 2013 Nadal returned from a six-month lay-off to win two Grand Slams and finish No. 1. Then in 2017, Nadal became, at 31, the oldest year-end No. 1 in ATP history.
After 19 Grand Slam wins, Nadal is still cashing those checks with no signs of slowing down.