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Nadal takes over as No 1
August 18, 2008 11:26 IST
Spaniard Rafael Nadal [Images] claimed to the No 1 position in the ATP Rankings on Monday, replacing his great rival Roger Federer [Images] of Switzerland [Images], who had held the top spot for a record 237 consecutive weeks (since February 2, 2004).
On the Indian front, Somdev Devvarman continued his ascent in the rankings, breaking into the top-250 after a quarter-final finish at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.
Somdev, who lost 4-6, 1-6 to Russia's [Images] Igor Kunitsyn at the Washington ATP, climbed 75 places, and is now ranked 239 on the chart. He is the second highest-ranked Indian behind Prakash Amritraj (217).
Sania Mirza [Images] stepped up two places from last week, and is placed 63rd on the latest WTA rankings.
Nadal, who was ranked No 2 behind Federer for a record 160 consecutive weeks (since July 25, 2005), guaranteed himself the world No 1 ranking after reaching the semi-finals earlier this month at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati.
"Nowhere in my best dreams I can imagine something like what I did this year," Nadal said in Beijing Sunday. "I am playing an unbelievable season, no doubt. I have to be very happy for everything.
"The feeling for sure is very happy for being No 1, but the feeling doesn't change too much because the last years I did very well too. It is a satisfaction... I want to enjoy these two days probably, but later I have to be focused on New York [for the US Open, which begins August 25]."
By earning the No 1 ranking, seven years after turning professional in 2001, the sport's ultimate warrior has vindicated his decision to improve on all surfaces in order to surpass Federer.
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