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Nadal kicks off Paris quest with top rank

June 21 2018, 12:44 | Van Peters

GETTYRafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung clash in the second round of the Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal will finish 2017 as year-end number one in the Emirates ATP Rankings after beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters.

With his victory of the day Rafael Nadal secures his place as number 1 in the world in 2017... and this for the 4th time!

"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".

"I'm very, very happy for everything", he said on court following the victory over Chung.

Sky Sports will have the action from the final Masters 1000 tournament of the year in Paris all this week.

"And missing this tournament Bercy that I love, which is played in a city that I love too, costs me a lot". It's been an incredible year, ' he said after the match.

"Very happy for everything, it has been an incredible year", the 16-time Grand Slam champion said. After conceding an early break, he looked to have turned things around when he led 5-2 in the opening set only for Chung to level up.

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It has been a stunning year for the 31-year-old, who won the French Open for the tenth time, as well as winning the US Open and reaching the final of the Australian Open.

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.

Next he will face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who ended a 10-match losing streak in round one and backed that up with a 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 victory over 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Nadal also set the men's record for span at World No. 1, having first reached it in August 2008 and reclaiming it in August of this year.

Nadal's results in Paris will give a good idea for how suited he now is to make a run at the biggest tournament he has never won in his career-the World Tour Finals in London in two weeks.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem needed four match points to beat lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday.

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