Rafael Nadal to snatch top spot back

Rafael Nadal has set his sights on reclaiming the number one spot in the world tennis rankings next year.



The Spaniard has relinquished the accolade to Serbian pro Novak Djokovic, who won four Grand Slams this year.



“For sure you have to set yourself some goals in the short term, but the long term goal is always to keep improving my tennis and try to keep having chances to challenge for the big titles to compete for the first position in the rankings,” ESPN quotes Nadal as saying.



“But if you are not healthy the rest of the things are impossible so I’m always crossing my fingers to stay healthy.”



The 25-year-old had a satisfying year after retaining the French Open and equalling Bjorn Borg’s six titles, but failed to claim a trophy away from the clay courts.

Read more :
  • LOCOG issue statement on tennis tickets
    The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games have released a statement following some fans' anger on day seven of the Olympic tennis event at Wimbledon. Supporters with tickets for...
  • Ardina romps to 8-shot victory with second 66
    Dottie Ardina went 2-for-2 as a professional, scoring an expected romp in the second leg of the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour with a second straight six-under 66 for an eight-shot victo...
  • Brilliant brothers set up unique Super Bowl showdown
    NEW YORK - The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens won their National Football League championships in stunning fashion on Sunday to set up an extraordinary sibling rivalry in next...
  • Jordan reject laser claim at Japan match
    Jordan on Wednesday denied accusations that lasers were shone in Japanese players' faces during their 2-1 World Cup qualifier loss to the kingdom, saying the claims seek to justify their lo...
  • Federer, Murray eye last 32
    LONDON: Defending champion Roger Federer and Andy Murray take center stage at Wimbledon on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) while Maria Sharapova has to settle for a spot away from the two ma...
  • Resurgent Kuznetsova downs Wozniacki to reach last eight
    MELBOURNE - A resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova stunned former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in an absorbing encounter on Rod Laver Arena to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Ope...
  • Rafael Nadal hails “unbelievable” Andy Murray
    Rafael Nadal had no complaints following his loss to Andy Murray in the Japanese Open final earlier today. The Spaniard appeared to be on his way to victory when he took the first set 6-3 ...
  • Kaia Kanepi forced out of Olympics
    Estonia's Kaia Kanepi has withdrawn from the Olympic Games with a heel injury. The 27-year-old had expected to recover in time to represent her country at the Games, with the tennis taking...