Spain’s Rafa Nadal made sure he would top the ATP rankings at the end of the season when he beat South Korea’s Chung Hyeon 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.
Nadal, who has never won the tournament, was a break behind in the opening set before stepping up a gear to set up a third round meeting with Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.
Hyeon got off to a solid start and broke Nadal’s serve as he moved 2-1 up but the Spaniard then won four games in a row.
The South Korean levelled for 5-5 but paid for his efforts as Nadal sealed the set with two successive games.
The world number one made the decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and bagged a straightforward win on his second match point when Hyeon sent a forehand long.
Nadal to top year-end rankings after Paris win