Rafael Nadal re­turn­ing to world No 1 is his big­gest achieve­ment, sug­gests ten­nis chief after Spa­niard de­thrones Andy Mur­ray at top of rank­ings

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RAFAEL Nadal's re­turn to the top of the world rank­ings is as im­pres­sive as any of his ca­reer achieve­ments, men's ten­nis chief Chris Ker­mode has said.

The 31-year-old Nadal be­came the world No 1 for the first time since July 2014 after re­plac­ing Bri­tain's Andy Mur­ray at the top spot on Mon­day.

'To re­gain the No 1 rank­ing nine years after hav­ing first reached it is un­prece­dented,' ATP pres­i­dent Ker­mode said in a state­ment.

'Rafa has been set­ting records through­out his re­mark­able ca­reer and this one is as im­pres­sive as any. It shows in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion and longevity, and we con­grat­u­late him on this amaz­ing achieve­ment.'

Nadal, a 15-time grand slam win­ner, came back from a se­ries of knee and wrist in­juries to reach the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal and claimed a record 10th French Open ti­tle this season.

'Be­ing No 1 after all the things that I have been go­ing through the last cou­ple of years is some­thing un­be­liev­able, so (it) is, for me, an amaz­ing achieve­ment to be back to that po­si­tion after three years,' said Nadal.

Nadal has claimed four ti­tles on tour this season, win­ning 49 matches and los­ing nine in a stel­lar 2017.

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