Rafael Nadal was once honoured on court docket Friday afternoon on the Nitto ATP Finals, receiving his ATP Excursion No. 1 trophy from ATP Government Chairman and President Chris Kermode for completing because the year-end No. 1 within the ATP Ratings.

“This trophy is an fulfillment for all 12 months spherical, so in my opinion these days I will’t thanks all sufficient for all of the strengthen for this fit [today] and at all times I’ve been enjoying right here in London,” mentioned Nadal, all the way through the on-court rite.

“I wish to thank, as a result of it is one thing I actually really feel from the ground of my middle, all of the lovers, all over the international, who give me the strengthen each unmarried week that I’m enjoying.

“It is very tricky to explain the sensation when you find yourself on court docket, whilst you stroll on and you are feeling the strengthen and the affection from that many of us. So simply thanks very a lot everyone, throughout.”

Nadal, who changed Novak Djokovic at International No. 1 on four November, has loved a stellar season, shooting 4 titles — together with two Grand Slams and two ATP Masters 1000s. He has compiled a 53-7 fit report in 2019, following his Workforce Andre Agassi victory on Friday over Stefanos Tsitsipas. At 33, Nadal is the oldest participant to complete year-end No. 1 within the historical past of the ATP Ratings (since 1973). 

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“I’m tremendous satisfied,” mentioned Nadal. “In truth, in any case the issues that I went via in my profession, in relation to damage, I by no means concept that on the age of 33 and a part, I’d have this trophy in my palms once more. So it is one thing actually, actually emotional for me. A large number of paintings [goes on] within the shadows to be the place we’re these days. And with out all my circle of relatives, who’re right here subsequent to me, this could be not possible. I simply wish to say thanks very, very a lot everybody for the strengthen.

“To all of the lovers and to all of the ATP team of workers, we’ve got an ideal excursion. The entire employees make us really feel nice each unmarried week, all over the international, such a lot of due to all of the individuals who paintings for the ATP and make the gamers and the lovers experience an ideal excursion.”

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Having in the past completed on the most sensible in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017, Nadal is the primary participant to carry, lose and regain the year-end No. 1 on 4 events. The Mallorcan may be the primary participant to complete No. 1 5 occasions in non-consecutive years. The 11-year hole between his first year-end No. 1 season (2008) and his final (2019) may be a report.

Nadal is the 5th participant to complete the 12 months on the pinnacle of guys’s skilled tennis on 5 or extra events, following within the footsteps of Pete Sampras (6), Jimmy Connors (5), Roger Federer (5) and Djokovic (5). That is the 16th directly season that the year-end International No. 1 score has been held by way of a member of the ‘Giant 4’ — Federer (2004-07, ’09), Nadal (2008, ’10, ’13, ’17, ‘19), Djokovic (2011-12, ’14-15, ‘18) or Andy Murray (2016).

All over the rite, Nadal moreover thanked Kermode, who’s finishing his six-year tenure as ATP Government Chairman and President on the finish of 2019. “Thank you Chris for the whole thing,” mentioned Nadal. “This is a actual honour to obtain this trophy from you. Such a lot of thank you for all of the belongings you did smartly for our recreation, Chris.”

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