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Roger Backed By Fans To Regain No. 1 Ranking

25.11.2008 | Tennis

Rafael Nadal may have ended the season as ATP World No. 1, but ATPtennis.com fans believe that Roger will reclaim the year-end No. 1 ranking in 2009.


In a poll of more than 55,000 fans, so far 43 per cent of ATPtennis.com readers believe that our champ will join Ivan Lendl as the only player to regain the year-end No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after losing it. Lendl claimed the year-end No. 1 ranking in 1985, '86 and '87 before finishing No. 2 behind Mats Wilander in 1988. He then regained the year-end No. 1 in 1989 and remains the only player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973) to achieve that feat.



Quick Poll: Who will finish No. 1 at the end of 2009?

(The poll is still running, click on the link below to cast your vote)


Player (Percentage of vote)

Roger Federer (43%)

Rafael Nadal (35%)

Novak Djokovic (11%)

Andy Murray (8%)

Other (3%)


Roger, who lost the No. 1 ranking to Nadal after a record 237 consecutive-week stint on August 18, polled seven per cent more votes than his Spanish rival. Roger ended the year with a 66-15 match record, highlighted by a 13th Grand Slam trophy at the US Open (d. Murray).


Nadal finished the 2008 season with a 1,370 points lead over Roger. The 22-year-old Mallorcan captured eight titles – including Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Olympic gold – and had an 82-11 match record.



Text published with kind permission of the ATP.

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12/04/2008 | 04:18 PM
You are always No.1 forever and ever!!
12/04/2008 | 01:09 PM
Thanks a lot , xinccinx.
12/04/2008 | 11:41 AM
Dear Roger,

It's great to see that so many people still believe that you are THE ONE. For me, it's not that important that you regain the number #1 spot. I hope that this poll will not give undue pressure to you. What's more important, imho that I woul
12/04/2008 | 07:28 AM
whoever the great althelte will lose his or her NO1 one day.but the point is that you are the NO1 forever in our heart~!!!whenever on or off the court,now or future
12/04/2008 | 03:37 AM
You know you will always be number one with the world... points are just a small bearing on the Master, magical, genious, sensitive best player in the WORLD...thats where you are points or not.............
12/03/2008 | 11:04 PM
Your #1 Rog!!!!!!!!!! YOU ALWAYS WERE AND ALWAYS WILL BE!!! NO OFFENSE....i don't think Nadal deserves the #1 spot. You will be 1st rog...i know it, i can sense it! Take Care Roggie. =)xox
12/03/2008 | 10:08 PM
Once more you will rule the tennis world
12/03/2008 | 07:37 PM
Dear Roger!!

I think you can made it for the world number one next year, you have show the world that you can do it.. I don't know what to say more than Good Luck for 2009, YOU CAN MADE IT!!

12/03/2008 | 03:46 PM
Hola, Roger

Tu eres un gran profesional y vas ha alcanzar el primer lugar para el 2009. Te apoyamos. Disfruta tus vacaciones te las mereces.
12/03/2008 | 03:19 PM
Thanks for appreciating my post.Yes Nadal is turning out to be a real humble chap.
Hey rogfans,
It's funny that i read in some article that a past legend has said that Roger is nothing in front of Rafa!!!I just don't get it!!!!!!!!!How can s
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