All Rafael Nadal needed to do in order to hang on to the number 1 overall ranking for this year was get one more during the ATP World Tour Finals. Winning was exactly what Nadal did.
Via the Associated Press (the article can be found here on ESPN),
Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) Wednesday at the ATP finals.
Nadal, who beat Wawrinka for the 12th straight match, can’t be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic. It’s the first time since 2010 that the Spaniard, who returned from a seven-month injury layoff in February, will end the year as the top-ranked player.
Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the year-end tournament because of his straight-set victory over the Swiss. He is bidding to win the ATP finals for the first time.
It’s been a long and winding road for Nadal, but he couldn’t have ended it any better. What’s even better for Nadal, however, is that the ATP World Tour Finals isn’t even over yet. He still has a chance to walk away with the number 1 ranking and the 2013 ATP World Tour title.