Rafael Nadal Takes Year Ending World Number 1 Slot

by The Insider on October 22, 2008 · 0 comments

in ATP News

Nadal becomes the 15th year-end No.1 since Ilie Nastase in 1973, with names such as Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Federer himself all having managed the feat.

After Federer’s semi-final loss to Andy Murray in Madrid, the 22-year-old Mallorca native, who was also a semi-final loser to Gilles Simon, was certain to become the first left-hander since John McEnroe in 1984 and the third lefty in the 36-year history of the ATP rankings to be number one at the season end.

McEnroe was No.1 from from 1981-84 and Jimmy Connors sat on top of the world from 1974-78. Nadal is the first Spaniard to have won the honour.

Nadal took over the No.1 ranking on August 18 after being No.2 for a record 160 consecutive weeks (since July 25, 2005).

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