Rafael Nadal explains how proud he is to overtake Novak Djokovic as world No 1

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Rafael Nadal overtook rival Novak Djokovic as world No 1 again despite missing out on the Paris Masters.

Rafael Nadal expressed his pride at overtaking rival Novak Djokovic as world no 1.

Nadal, 33, was forced to pull out of the Paris Masters on Saturday allowing Djokovic to win the Rolex event, but his progress to the semis allowed him to earn the spot back at the top of the pile.

Nadal would have secured the position for the year-end had he won the event but that race continues towards the ATP Finals in London.

And Nadal, despite having to withdraw in Paris, insists he is pleased with his season which has seen him pick up two more Grand Slam titles to take him to 19.

“I’m super happy with my season,” said Nadal.

“It was a tough beginning but then I was able to find a way to be back playing at a very high level of tennis and be in the situation that I am today.

“I’m very proud about the year that I am having.”

Nadal is desperate to be fit for the London event after picking up the abdominal injury and has made that his final aim of the season.

On Saturday when he announced he had to withdraw from the Paris Masters, he said: “I hope to be ready for London. That’s the biggest goal right now.

“I will do all that I can do and all that’s mathematically possible to recover for it. But as you can expect today I can’t answer this question with the right position.”

And Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, has hailed his performance over the season.

He said: “Rafa has made a habit of setting the highest of standards throughout his career and his return to No. 1 is just the latest example.

“It’s an incredible achievement and he continues to amaze with his longevity at the top of the game – many congratulations to him and his team.”

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