Posted November 04, 2013 on AP on Fox
Despite all his success this year, Rafael Nadal still hasn't sewn up the year-end No. 1 ranking. At this stage of his career, though, that hardly matters. After coming back from a career-threatening knee injury to win 10 titles this year, including two Grand Slams, Nadal has clearly exceeded expectations. He overtook Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking last month, although the Serb can reclaim it this week at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. ''I've already finished the year as the world No. 1,'' said Nadal, who finished on top in 2008 and 2010. ''If it happens again, it will be perfect, but the story of my season is not the No. 1 spot. The story is that I was able to come back, to win and to be competitive again in a short spell of time.'' Since returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him for seven months, the 27-year-old Spaniard has reached the final of 13 of the 15 tournaments he's played this season, winning the Fr...
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