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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 | 12:10 AM
Roger is just so handsome!! Rx
08/27/2013 | 12:05 AM
Hey FancyFree

Where in. France are you ? My. husband is from. Corsica. Anywhere near ?
Rachel x
08/26/2013 | 11:43 PM
FANCYFREE,now it's time to realise why.....
08/26/2013 | 11:40 PM
Rafa won comfortably in three sets! zzz
08/26/2013 | 11:39 PM
As always, Roger, your short speech was wonderful. Very moving watching all the greats sitting there, and most of all the respect with which they seem to praise you. You are amazing, our boy. God bless you, and congratulations.
08/26/2013 | 11:24 PM
Come on Roger.... I believe in you.... you DESERVE to win your 18th GS and 6th USO !!!
08/26/2013 | 11:12 PM
Choker Gulbis out... He was up a break in the 4th set and lost the match...
08/26/2013 | 10:46 PM
So in short probably not but never say never! Watch this space!
08/26/2013 | 10:35 PM
Difficult! I'm in France with my family and the match will start here at 2 am!!!
08/26/2013 | 10:27 PM

Planning on staying up for Roger's match???