Tennis
Rafael Nadal ends year as world number one after win over Hyeon Chung

"It was impossible for me to think about when you are coming back from a tough time, without playing tennis and with so many injuries," he said.

Nov.02 - SportLand: Rafael Nadal will end 2017 as world number one after a second-round win over Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters. The Spaniard, who has risen from ninth at the start of the year via French and US Open victories, advanced 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes.

"It was impossible for me to think about when you are coming back from a tough time, without playing tennis and with so many injuries," he said.

Nadal, 31, will play Uruguay's world number 36 Pablo Cuevas in the last 16. The 16-time Grand Slam champion did not have it all his own way in a see-sawing first set in which he and Chung exchanged two breaks apiece before Nadal broke to love in the final game.

BBC reports, South Korea's Chung, 21, held his own in the second set but again crumbled in the latter stages, surrendering to love to give up the solitary break.        

Nadal is 1,460 points clear of Swiss world number two Roger Federer in the world rankings and victory over Chung ensured him an unassailable lead before the World Tour Finals in London later this month.