Nadal eyeing No 1

Rafael Nadal believes he can finish the year as World No 1 after dropping to fifth in the rankings on Monday, changing places with David Ferrer, the man he beat to win the French Open for a record-extending eighth time.

Due to the ATP’s 12-month rolling ranking system that awards no points for defending a title, Nadal had nothing to gain for reclaiming the Roland Garros crown he won last year.

The 12-times Grand Slam champion, however, now has almost nothing to lose until the end of the season after a knee injury sidelined him for the last five months of 2012.
“There are still six months ahead of us,” Nadal told reporters.

“I could be number one again if I continue at that level and if I’m not injured. But this is not 100 percent sure.”

“To be number one in this era, you need to play during the whole season,” he said.   “You have to play during the whole season and do well, because the other players are very competitive. I need to keep winning a lot of points if I want to have any chance to be number one at the end of the season.”

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