Fiji Time: 10:02 PM on Tuesday 23 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

Nadal set for top finish

Reuters
Friday, November 03, 2017

PARIS - Spain's Rafa Nadal made sure he would top the ATP rankings at the end of the season when he beat South Korea's Chung Hyeon 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

Nadal, who has never won the tournament, was a break behind in the opening set before stepping up a gear to set up a third round meeting with Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas.

"It was not the goal," Nadal said about finishing the year as number one. "It was impossible for me to think about that when you are coming back from a tough period of time without playing tennis and with so many injuries in the last couple of years.

"But it happened and I'm very happy of course... After almost 10 years since the first time that I finished the year with this number. So I think it's a very important achievement."

Hyeon got off to a solid start and broke Nadal's serve as he moved 2-1 up but the Spaniard then won four games in a row.

The South Korean levelled for 5-5 but paid for his efforts as Nadal sealed the set with two successive games. The world number one made the decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and bagged a straightforward win on his second match point when Hyeon sent a forehand long.

Earlier, Germany's Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round when he slumped to a 3-6 6-2 6-2 defeat against Dutch journeyman Robin Haase.

The fourth seed, who has already booked his ticket for the season-ending ATP World Tour finals in London, lost his way in the match after Haase levelled at one-set all. The 20-year-old Zverev converted his only break point in the first set to take the lead while Haase wasted six break chances. But Haase played a bit tighter in the second set and it was enough to unsettle Zverev, who never threatened again in an almost empty AccorHotels Arena. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's hopes of taking part in the Tour finals were dashed when he lost 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2 to fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62690.6079
JPY 56.387753.3877
GBP 0.35850.3505
EUR 0.41030.3983
NZD 0.69350.6605
AUD 0.63090.6059
USD 0.50460.4876

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Talks to carry on
  2. France seeks Ryan's rugby skills
  3. Stolen sheep recovered
  4. Kepa to apply for SODELPA ticket
  5. School setback
  6. Plea for assistance
  7. Borehole ends water problems for villagers
  8. Military to conduct live firing exercises
  9. Region relies on air connectivity, says Khan
  10. Upgrade completed

Top Stories this Week

  1. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  2. Mela beats the odds Thursday (18 Jan)
  3. The Iron Lady Monday (22 Jan)
  4. Tube ride to school Thursday (18 Jan)
  5. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  6. Patient info leaked Friday (19 Jan)
  7. ATS Impasse: Tribunal orders return of all workers in 48 hours Saturday (20 Jan)
  8. Mother, 100, seeks assistance for daughter, 50 Monday (22 Jan)
  9. Rasta's 'star' loves Fijian hospitality Saturday (20 Jan)
  10. Do the right thing and resign: Biman Sunday (21 Jan)