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Nadal now eyes No.1 spot

July 9, 2008

Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal arrived to a hero's welcome in his home town of Manacor on the Spanish island of Mallorca on Tuesday, and declared that the number one spot is now his goal.

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  • "Now it has become a little objective," Nadal said.

    In one of the most nerve-jangling finals seen at the All England Club, Nadal survived two rain breaks and an astonishing Federer fightback to end the Swiss's five-year reign as Wimbledon champion with a thrilling 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 victory.

    Federer has led the rankings for a record 232 consecutive weeks, and Nadal has been second for a record 155.

    Photograph: Getty Images

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