Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal guaranteed himself first place in the ATP rankings by the end of 2019.
It became known after on the eve of the second racket of the world Serb Novak Djokovic failed to qualify from the group at the Final ATP Championships in London, losing in two sets to third racket – Roger Federer 4:6, 3:6.
Nadal for the fifth time will close the year on top of the rankings (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019).
33-year-old native of Manacor is the second-oldest player to end the year on the first line (since the introduction of rankings in 1973), the official website of the tour.
In addition, he became the first player, who managed four times to return to the top of the rankings for the year.
Nadal is the first and, so far, the only player who is five times became the best in the ranking for the year not in a row.
The 11-year interval between the first finish line at the top (2008) and the present (2019) is also a record.
A full list of the first racket of the world to the end of the year: