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Nadal seals year-end No.1 ranking for 4th time

PARIS: Rafael Nadal secured the year-end world number one ranking with a 7-5, 6-3 second-round victory over South Korean Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters on Wednesday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest man to finish a season at the top of the rankings at the age of 31, after a year that saw him win the French and US Opens. It is the fourth time the Spaniard, who started the season ninth in the rankings, has achieved the feat after 2008, 2010 and 2013. "Of course it was not the goal (at the start of the…

Still motivated to be world’s best, says Djokovic

LONDON: Novak Djokovic has set his sights on regaining the world number one ranking and silencing the doubters by winning the ATP Tour Finals for a record-equalling sixth time. Djokovic arrives at London's O2 Arena in the unusual position of being questioned by critics who claim he has lost his appetite for success. Since winning the French Open in June, to secure the one Grand Slam missing from his trophy cabinet, Djokovic has been mired in a puzzling slump that ended his 122-week reign on top of the world last…

Murray marks world top spot with Paris triumph

PARIS: Andy Murray celebrated his new world number one ranking with a first Paris Masters title on Sunday after defeating American John Isner 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 in the final. Murray, 29, replaces Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings on Monday and claimed his eighth title of a remarkable season after extending his winning run to 19 matches. "This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings," said Murray, who will move 405 points above long-time rival Djokovic. "Sometimes after you…

Murray rises to number one after Raonic injury

PARIS: Britain's Andy Murray became the new world number one on Saturday after Milos Raonic withdrew from their Paris Masters semi-final because of injury. The walkover will see Murray, 29, move to the top of the rankings for the first time in his career after replacing long-time incumbent Novak Djokovic. The Scot's climb to the ATP rankings' summit caps a remarkable year which has seen him win a second Wimbledon crown and mount a successful defence of his Olympic title in Rio. Raonic said he had suffered a muscle…