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Rafael Nadal speaks out after beating Roger Federer to year-end world No. 1 spot

Rafael Nadal speaks out after beating Roger Federer to year-end world No. 1 spot
Nadal secured year-end top spot (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Rafael Nadal could not hide his delight at confirming his status as the best player in 2017, after beating Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-3 at the Paris Masters.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a fabulous season, winning two Grand Slam titles along the way, and the French and US Open champion made no mistake in pipping his great rival Roger Federer to the prestigious year-end top spot.

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While the world No. 1 has failed to beat Federer on court throughout the year, Nadal has played consistently well in 2017 and has six titles to his name so far.

Having ended 2016 early with a wrist issue, the 31-year-old looked unlikely to add a Grand Slam to his collection for the first time since 2014.

Rafael Nadal speaks out after beating Roger Federer to year-end world No. 1 spot
Federer will settle for second spot (Picture: Getty)

But he roared past the competition at Roland Garros before landing his 16th Slam in New York and he will now look to end his season on a high in Paris-Bercy before heading to London for the ATP World Tour Finals.

‘I’m very very happy for everything. It’s been an amazing year,’ he said after the match.

‘One year ago for sure I never dreamed of being world No. 1 at the end of the season so I’m very happy for everything.

Rafael Nadal speaks out after beating Roger Federer to year-end world No. 1 spot
Nadal has enjoyed a fine year (Picture: EPA)

‘But the season is not over, I’m here in Paris and want to carry on this amazing season.

‘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.

‘I’m happy to achieve the year-end world No. 1 here in Paris.’

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