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Tour Finals loss can’t take shine off Nadal’s dream year

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Rafael Nadal insists his failure to win a first ATP World Tour Finals title can’t take the shine off one of the best seasons of his career.

Exactly one year ago Nadal was battling knee tendinitis and feared he would never return to the top of the sport. But since coming back in February he has won 10 titles, including the French and US Opens, and regained his position on top of the world rankings.

“It’s very special what happened this year. For me, the emotions of this year after a tough time have been fantastic,” Nadal said.

“All the achievements, all the success that I had this year, I am talking 100 percent honestly now, without my family and all my team it’s impossible to do what I did, with so much success and so many special moments.

“It’s the day to say congratulations and thanks to all the people who were behind me supporting me and helped me work in the days when I was down.”

The loss denied Nadal a place in the record books as he would have become only the second man after Andre Agassi to have won all four Grand Slams, an Olympic gold medal, the Davis Cup and the Tour Finals.AFP


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