It has been a long and gruelling tennis season that, although not yet finished, has delivered some amazing entertainment and talent.
During the year, three male players have left all others in their wake and are battling it out to be named world number one by the end of the year. Australian Open champion and current world number one Novak Djokovic is at the top of the charts at the moment. However, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are hot on his heels.
Although Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has had an enviable year, and Djokovic has had a solid, yet unremarkable year, going by his own standards, it is Nadal who truly deserves to be recognised as the best player in the world after the year he has had.
Nadal’s year has been nothing short of extraordinary, a few blips here and there, but an almost faultless year, in which he has achieved more than any other player on the ATP Tour.
After coming back from an injury that kept him out of the sport for a long time, Nadal bounced back with an almighty bang, for which he deserves credit.
His ranking rose quickly as he cemented himself as the world number two, very quickly after returning to the game. His ranking will have been massively helped by his phenomenal record this year, he has achieved an impressive 59 wins and only three losses.
Despite his poor showing at Wimbledon, where he was beaten in the first round, Nadal’s tournament record this year deserves to be praised, and is definitely worthy of a world number one. He has won a staggering nine out of 12 tournaments that he has played which is better than current world number one Novak Djokovic who has only won three singles tournaments this year.
On top of his amazing record, Nadal has also won the most Grand Slams of the year with the French Open and US Open to his name, whereas the other two world number one candidates Djokovic and Murray only have one each.
Taking into account his return from injury, his outstanding record, his Grand Slam titles, not to mention the fact he is undefeated on hard court this year, shows that Rafael Nadal is easily the man who deserves to be named world number one, and at this rate, it is only a matter of time before it happens.
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