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Nadal Seeks ATP Year-End No. 1 History

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Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal is aiming to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.

Rafael Nadal arrives to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with history on the line. 

The Spaniard is looking to become the first player on the ATP World Tour to twice regain the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking after losing it. Nadal finished on top in 2008 and 2010 and is in prime position to do so for a third time when he competes in London.

It’s a remarkable opportunity for Nadal, who returned in February from a left knee injury that sidelined him for seven months. Now, the 27 year old has the chance to cap off his incredible comeback by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the biggest title missing from his trophy case, for the perfect season finish.

Coming into London, Nadal has reached the final at 13 of the 15 tournaments he’s played this year, lifting 10 trophies along the way. The Mallorcan, who finished runner-up at The O2 in 2010 to Roger Federer, features in Group A with David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka.

Overall, Nadal holds a 47-8 record over his Group A opposition. On Tuesday evening, the World No. 1 will open his quest against his countryman Ferrer, who will be riding high in confidence after defeating Nadal in the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals.

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