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Roger and No. 1s honoured

26.08.2013 | Off Court, Starseite 3

Before the start of the US Open, an unprecedented gathering of No. 1s took place at the ATP Heritage programme's No. 1 Celebration in New York. The event marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Ilie Nastase, who became the first ATP World No. 1 on 23 August 1973, was present to be honoured on the night, along with successors John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and of course Roger. 

Roger thanked those that came before him, like childhood idol Stefan Edberg. "It was important for me to have someone to look up to. I know there's been a huge sacrifice at the players' level, just this generation and the players sitting here tonight, and even before that. We've put such huge effort in the game, and that's a platform we can enjoy today."

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08/27/2013 | 09:01 AM
i woke up at 7am,missed my school today just to watch the opening match of roger at the US open.but out of nowhere this rain fell down after the serena match!! i got so annoyed and frustrated. I mean it would take 2-3 years to built a roof if they do it quickly or maybe maximum 4-5 years.But what can be done.Never mind.All the best roger against Grega.You don't shift your focus.I wish you was given a night match because that becomes easier.I can't wait to watch you roger!!! ALLEZ!!!!!!!!! :*
08/27/2013 | 08:59 AM
Roger & Nadal will schedule to play on Thursday US Time, while 1st round take 3 days to complate means mon, tues & wednesday for 1st round match if the weather is OK..
08/27/2013 | 08:34 AM
I woke up 5am/6am/7am in order to watch Roger's match. There wasn't any match but Nadal's match on TV. I feel very tired and angry. I hate rainy weather.
08/27/2013 | 08:23 AM
Hey guys,

I was not exactly waking up early to watch the match, have to work. But I did leave the tv on. Woke up of course every hour and could not understand why Roger was not playing. Now I know. I guess this means he will have to play two days straight, just like Rafa had to do at RG.

But so weird, why doesn't Andy have to play today???
08/27/2013 | 08:04 AM
Too bad is was raining. Woke at 5am to see how Roger did. But today i will be able to watch him at a more decent time. Let's go Roger, let's go!

By the way, does this mean that Roger has to play his second round tomorrow again?
08/27/2013 | 07:34 AM
Roger, I am sleeping on 10pm or earlier so that I can wake up at 3am to watch u play ... Good luck & all the best to you..Hope you have a good rest & nice day..
If you play on night match, I m afraid I cannot watch u play since I hv to working at 8am in the morning...except for Sat, Sun..
08/27/2013 | 06:45 AM
It's a shame they still do not have a roof. US is one of the strongest and richest countries in the world, this does not make sense, no? 2018 they say. Hmmm we shall see. Obviously tennis in not the country's game.

The best to you Maestro. In a way I am glad you are not playing in the cold evening air. Hope no rain tomorrow. If so this will turn into a 3 weeks tournament.
08/27/2013 | 06:15 AM
Since Roger's match (and couple of other matches) got postponed, to be fair to the players, they must schedule their next round matches on Thursday... USO schedules R1 matches for first 3 days and schedule R2 matches from Thursday... We'll see if they are fair enough to all the players in the scheduling...
08/27/2013 | 04:59 AM
so glad you got to meet your idol!
did they give you anything special since you have the most weeks @ #1??
see you tomorrow- good luck.
i love you.
08/27/2013 | 04:52 AM
Hi All, Roger match already posponed to tomorrow 1pm Aurther Ashe stadium after the Women's Singles match Caroline Wozniacki VS Ying-Ying Duan.