Cincinnati - Rafael Nadal's return to the top of the world
rankings is a testament to the Spaniard's longevity in the game and is as
impressive as any of his career achievements, men's tennis chief Chris Kermode
The 31-year-old Nadal became the world No 1 for the first
time since July 2014 after replacing Britain's Andy Murray at the top spot on
"To regain the No 1 ranking nine years after having
first reached it is unprecedented," ATP president Kermode said in a
"Rafa has been setting records throughout his
remarkable career and this one is as impressive as any. It shows incredible
dedication and longevity, and we congratulate him on this amazing
Nadal, a 15-times grand slam winner, came back from a series
of knee and wrist injuries to reach the Australian Open final and claimed a
record 10th French Open title this season.
"Being No 1 after all the things that I have been going
through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so (it) is, for me,
an amazing achievement to be back to that position after three years,"
Nadal has claimed four titles on tour this season, winning
49 matches and losing nine in a stellar 2017.