Rafael Nadal hails "unbelievable comeback year"

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory in his men's singles match against David Ferrer of Spain during day two of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 5, 2013
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Rafael Nadal describes his 2013 season as "unbelievable" after he ensured that he would finish the year as world number one.

Rafael Nadal has described his 2013 season as "unbelievable" after victory today at the ATP World Tour Finals ensured that he would finish the year as the world number one.

Nadal defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in two tie-break sets to win his second game at the season-ending tournament, guaranteeing his place in the last four of the tournament in London.

Speaking afterwards, the Spaniard said: "There are a lot of emotions today. I was a bit lucky but I'm happy to be through to the semi-finals in the last tournament of the year.

"After missing this tournament last year, it's been an unbelievable comeback year.

"Being number one at end of the season is something really difficult as there are some unbelievable competitors out there."

Nadal won two Grand Slams this year at the French and US Opens. He has never won the season-ending Finals but is favourite to do so this year.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand in his men's singles match against David Ferrer of Spain during day two of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 5, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060