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Rafael Nadal back as World No.1 for first time since July 2014

Rafael Nadal is back as world number one after three years despite being knocked out of the Cincinnati quarter-finals by Nick Kyrgios.

tennis Updated: Aug 21, 2017 14:37 IST
Reuters, Paris
Rafael Nadal,Nick Kyrgios,ATP Rankings
Rafael Nadal had last occupied the No.1 spot in the ATP rankings in July 2014 and he spent 141 weeks in the summit.(AFP)

Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the world number one for the first time in three years in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

The Spaniard, who learned he was going to reclaim the ATP summit a week ago, last topped the men’s charts in July 2014.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won his 15th Grand Slam title this year at Roland Garros, deposes Britain’s Andy Murray, who withdrew from the tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury.

Nadal, who has spent 141 weeks in the top spot, has struggled with knee injuries since first becoming No. 1 in August 2008 after a Cincinnati semi-final run. He has admitted doubting he could ever regain the number one spot after so many years.

Nadal, knocked out in the Cincinnati quarter-finals last week by Australian Nick Kyrgios, had slipped to as low as 13th in the ATP rankings midway through 2015.

Kyrgios’s progress to Sunday’s Cincinnati final earned himn a five-rung rise to 18th with the man who beat him, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, breaking into the top 10 in 9th.

First Published: Aug 21, 2017 14:36 IST