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Nadal latest to capture US Open, No. 1 in same year

September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal reacts to beating Kevin Anderson in the Men's Singles Final at the 2017 US Open.

A US Open title is a healthy down payment on the year-end No. 1 ranking, the 2,000 points earned for a Grand Slam title giving any man a leg up on the top spot. And so it was again in 2017.

On Wednesday, 2017 US Open champion Rafael Nadal defeated Hyeon Chung in the second round of the Paris Masters to secure the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in his career – including all three years he has hoisted the hardware in Flushing Meadows.

Not surprisingly, this is a common occurrence. Since the official computer rankings launched in 1973, the man who has won the US Open has finished at No. 1 on 25 occasions, including 2010, 2013 and 2017 for Nadal. (The Spaniard also finished as the year-end No. 1 in 2008, when Roger Federer won the last of his five consecutive US Open singles titles.)

Here’s a closer look (chronologically) at the men who have won the US Open and finished atop the ATP rankings in the same season:

Jimmy Connors – 1974, 1976, 1978
John McEnroe – 1981, 1984
Ivan Lendl – 1985-87
Mats Wilander – 1989
Stefan Edberg – 1991
Pete Sampras – 1993, 1995, 1996
Andre Agassi – 1999
Lleyton Hewitt – 2001
Andy Roddick – 2003
Roger Federer – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Rafael Nadal – 2010, 2013, 2017
Novak Djokovic – 2011, 2015

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