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Rafael Nadal starts the final week of the regular ATP World Tour season focused on two more career milestones in what has already been a resurgent 2017 for the Spaniard.

Nadal needs to win only one more match to clinch his fourth year-end finish atop the ATP Rankings a feat he previously achieved in 2008, 2010 & 2013.

Nadal will definitely have his sights on winning a 31st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title which would be a record. He is currently tied with Novak Djokovic for the all-time lead at 30.

Nadal will have the opportunity to at least achieve finish the year as World No.1 if he defeats #NextGenATP player Hyeon Chung on Wednesday.

Nadal, 31, bids to become the oldest year-end No. 1 and first year-end No. 1 over the age of 30 since the ATP Rankings were established in 1973. But if Chung upsets Nadal, the Spaniard will will have to wait till the ATP Finals come up between November 12-19 to cement his place as the World No.1 at the end of the season.

After Nicolas Mahut beat Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday, Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all stand a chance to make it to the ATP Finals.

If Anderson reaches the quarter-finals this week, he will surpass Carreno Busta and assume the last qualification spot.

Not far behind in the ATP race to London are Del Potro and Tsonga, who would surpass Carreno Busta by reaching the semi-finals.

In second-round matches on Wednesday, Anderson faces Fernando Verdasco, Del Potro meets Joao Sousa and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga takes on Julien Benneteau.

Tsonga and Benneteau were among the tournament-record five Frenchmen who reached the third round in 2009. As many as six can make it that far this year, including Lucas Pouille and Adrian Mannarino. Pouille won the biggest championship of his career in Vienna on Sunday and became the only player in 2017 with titles on three surfaces. He faces Feliciano Lopez on Court Central, while Mannarino clashes with David Goffin in a possible preview of the Davis Cup final.
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