Rafael Nadal hadn't won the first title of the season until Rome in May, securing a much-needed one at Roland Garros and staying engaged with an ultimate year-end no. 1 battle with Novak Djokovic by the end of the year.
Reducing his schedule as much as possible, Rafa conquered Montreal and the US Open to forge a solid advantage in the ATP Race, staying away from the Tour for almost two months and looking eager to defend the position over Novak in Paris and London.
Things didn't look well for the Spaniard after Paris, withdrawing with an injury before the semi-final match against Denis Shapovalov and heading to the ATP Finals with 640 points more than Novak who won the title in the French capital.
After a tough loss to Alexander Zverev in the first round-robin encounter, Nadal found the necessary strength to overpower Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, finishing the group stage with 400 points on his tally and celebrating the fifth year-end no.
1 honor when Djokovic ended the campaign before the semi-final as well. A Major crown and two Masters 1000 trophies were enough for Rafa to conquer the ATP throne again, losing before the semi-final only twice this season and turning his consistency into another notable year at the age of 33.
Carried by this momentum, Nadal led Spain at the Davis Cup Finals at home in Madrid, delivering eight victories from as many rubbers to secure the title for the host nation and get some well-deserved rest ahead of the ATP Cup in January.
Rafa shared a picture with fans from his museum at the Academy, sitting surrounded by six trophies he won in 2019 and hoping for more of the same in the season ahead of us.