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Rafael Nadal ensured he will end the 2017 season ranked as the world No1 after a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Chung Hyeon at the Paris Masters.
With his victory of the day Rafael Nadal secures his place as number 1 in the world in 2017... and this for the 4th time!
"For me it has much more value (to) finish the year than being number one in the middle of the season".
"I'm very, very happy for everything", he said on court following the victory over Chung.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a fabulous season, winning two Grand Slam titles along the way, and the French and US Open champion made no mistake in pipping his great rival Roger Federer to the prestigious year-end top spot.
"I'm very very happy for everything". It has been an awesome year.
It marks the conclusion of what has been a remarkable season of renaissance for Nadal, who overcame wrist problems from previous year to win the French Open and US Open - his 15th and 16th grand slam titles.
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"I am on a good dynamic, playing well the whole season", Nadal, who has only won two of his 75 ATP titles indoors, added.
"It's something that means a lot to me, but the season is not over".
The No 1 will next face Pablo Cuevas in the last 16, after the unseeded Uruguayan edged out Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 6-2. "It's been an wonderful year", he said after his straight-sets win over Chung.
Thiem, a two-time French Open semifinalist, has dropped in form considerably since losing to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in a five-set thriller in the fourth round of this year's U.S. Open.
A raft of injuries had left many thinking that Nadal was a spent force at the end of past year, but he stormed back to prominence with a five-set final loss to Federer at the Australian Open.
Nadal also set the men's record for span at World No. 1, having first reached it in August 2008 and reclaiming it in August of this year.
Earlier on Wednesday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev was dumped out by Haase in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 second-round defeat.
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