Rafael Nadal will finish the year as the top-ranked male tennis player for the fourth time.

The 31-year-old Spaniard assured himself the world No.1 ranking by beating Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters.

The 16-time grand slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.

"One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No.1 again at the end of the season," Nadal said.

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Nadal's comeback from injury, loss of form and confidence, has been remarkable.

He reached three grand slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the US Open for the third time.

- AP