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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 | 11:32 PM
I'm So annoyed eurosport didn't show one second of Rogers match...why??? They showed Nadals....so p*d off.
08/27/2013 | 11:31 PM
Job done Champ! Nice clean win to the 2nd round. You seemed confident and composed. Great interview at the end. Your great win and great smile made my day. Good luck with the next one!
08/27/2013 | 11:29 PM
TUNA4444, Threaten what records?
08/27/2013 | 11:26 PM
To see him happy just to be able to play this beautiful sport. You cant do things by trashing your head to the wall.
08/27/2013 | 11:26 PM
Pollerer

And look, how "bad" did he play the first matches at Cincy and how did he play Rafa then?

So lets hope this will be the same. Let Roger win easy now and destroy Rafa later.
NOW it is his turn to overcome Rafa and leave him behind and destroy him.
Let him cruise by the first matches and then he will be ready for Rafa...
08/27/2013 | 11:25 PM
Pollerer, Roger is not perfect, he got irratated when he had some deuces.
But that is why I and we love him. The whole tennisworld thinks Roger is perfect and not human. Well, he is not perfect and is human. Atleast he won. Thank God not a 4th set, because like I said, not all the players after this will be Zemjla.
They will be tougher.
08/27/2013 | 11:24 PM
Well done Roger! A big smile on my face as always when you win.
08/27/2013 | 11:23 PM
Well, I dont see the passion for the game anymore. That is my opinion, of course. You can disagree, I respect that, SHEAR. I think that he plays only because Nadal is threatening to break his recors. I hope I am wrong, I really hope, because if I am right, that is very wrong. I want to see him playing for many years from now, but to see him happy with that.
08/27/2013 | 11:23 PM
What I meant to say, was not watch your service but watch your focus! Sorry, so tired my eyes are blurred!
08/27/2013 | 11:22 PM
congratulations Roger,you made me very,very happy!!!!!!!!!Can't wait to watch you play again.I also watched your interview after the game and i loved it.You are such a modest person and you always have sth nice to say about your opponent.YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
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