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Nadal clinches year-end No. 1 at ATP Finals
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning the ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the O2 Arena in London Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
November 6, 2013, 12:03 pm

LONDON (AP) Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) Wednesday at the ATP finals.

Nadal, who beat Wawrinka for the 12th straight match, can't be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic. It's the first time since 2010 that the Spaniard, who returned from a seven-month injury layoff in February, will end the year as the top-ranked player.

Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the year-end tournament because of his straight-set victory over the Swiss. He is bidding to win the ATP finals for the first time.

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