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Nadal happy to be back on top after ousting rival Djokovic

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Rafael Nadal

By Steve Simpson

Rafa Nadal dethroned Serbia's Novak Djokovic to reclaim the No.1 spot in the ATP Rankings yesterday following the Spaniard's semi-final run at the Paris Masters.

Nadal withdrew minutes before his semi-final against Canada's Denis Shapovalov with an abdominal injury, with the 33-year-old deciding not to take any risks ahead of the ATP Finals next week.

Despite Djokovic winning the title in Paris, the semis run was enough for Nadal to become the second-oldest player to top the rankings after Swiss Roger Federer achieved the feat aged 36 in 2018.

"I'm super happy with my season," a delighted Nadal said.

"It was a tough beginning but then I was able to find a way to be back playing at a very high level of tennis and be in the situation that I am today.

"I'm very proud about the year that I am having."

Meanwhile, Kim Clijsters' tennis comeback in January has been pushed back as she recovers from a knee injury.

Clijsters (36) last played on the WTA tour in 2012 and had announced in September that she was planning to make a comeback in January.

"I've had to make the decision that I will not be able to compete in January. I am undergoing rehab and treatment for a knee injury," Clijsters said on Twitter.

"It's a setback but I'm determined as ever to get back to the game I love."

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