It's official. Rafael Nadal is the best player in the world. With his 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nicolas Kiefer in the Rogers Cup final, Rafa has won his 12th ATP Masters Series shield (his fourth on hardcourts), surpassing Pete Sampras with 11 (only Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have more), won his 30th title, finishing behind only Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg for that many titles won at the ripe old age of 22, extends his winning streak to 29 matches and 5 straight titles.
He has won seven of the last eight events entered.
But what's most impressive? Five events, five titles, three different surfaces. Two clay, two grass, one hard.
In that run, he's defeated Raja and Novak Djokovic three times each.
The rankings say he could become the World No. 1 soon if he keeps winning.
The results say he's the best player in the world.
Out at the East West Bank Classic, Dinara Safina continued her fine form with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Italy's Flavia Pennetta.