Rafael Nadal ends year as world number one

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal will close out the 2017 ATP World Tour as the year-end world No. 1.

Nadal's 21-year-old opponent pushed him in the early rounds, but found his power and force all too much- after the hour mark he was clearly struggling against the 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is now level with McEnroe, Lendl and Djokovic in terms of year-end No.1 titles, but is one shy of Federer. "One year ago for sure I never dreamed about being world number one at end of the season so it's something that means a lot".

"I'm very, very happy for everything", Nadal told a sold-out crowd at the Bercy Arena.

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.

The Spanish superstar wins his opener at the Paris Masters against Hyeon Chung of South Korea. It's been an unbelievable year, ' he said after the match. I'm very happy, but the season is not over.

Nadal replaced Andy Murray at the top in August and has won six titles this year, including two grand slams and two Masters 1000 events.

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.

Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas in the last 16 on Thursday, after the unseeded Uruguayan edged out Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.

The defeat dents Carreno Busta's chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals in London - he is dependent on other results here - while Querrey's bid to reach London is over.

'For me I think I played well since the beginning but, of course, the most important moment of the year was the clay season and winning a 10th Roland Garros.

Also, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev lost to Robin Haase 3-6 6-2 6-2, and ninth seed John Isner beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (13-11) 6-3. The 13th-seeded Del Potro needs to win here to reach the Finals in London next week.

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