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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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11/29/2008 | 10:58 AM
With all your fans backing you up, you can retake your no.1!!!!!!!

Keep smiling your sweetest smile!

Grace (^u^)
11/29/2008 | 09:40 AM
I believe that Roger 'll get it again.

Next year will be Federer's year.
11/29/2008 | 07:38 AM

We can send our new year greetings to Roger, it will be delivered to Roger in Abu Dhabi

Please follow this link below to see the thread in the forum.

11/29/2008 | 05:19 AM
Aw, Roger,

You're Class A, No. 1, The Best!..and always will be!

When you're on the court and things aren't going as well as they should...just remember...your fans are there with you...feeling your pain and wanting your gain...our hearts are playin
11/29/2008 | 05:13 AM
<hola soy dan>
11/29/2008 | 05:11 AM
Aguante rogelio!
11/29/2008 | 02:59 AM
Dear Roger, I laugh when someone says "If you really want it..." of course you want it and want it badly, and every time, but it must not be as easy as it seems. Sometimes, for one reason or another, it just doesn't go as one would like or wished for.
11/29/2008 | 02:33 AM
Of course that Federer will end 2009 like number 1, Nadal are a good player and a good person, but who if compare to Federer? Nobady, because Federer are the tennis, Federer do the tennis, Roger, you are the gold of the sport, I believe that you will back
11/28/2008 | 10:39 PM
**dear roger**
how are u tonite? i would like you to know that i was very happy today my husband suprise me with your beautiful calendar.( he told me santa came early today) "ahh" what a beautiful photo you have. it was amazing feeling when my husband h
11/28/2008 | 10:19 PM
**dear our roger,** how are u tonite i would like you to know that i was very happy today coz my husband suprise me with your beatiful calendar 2009 it was amazing feeling (he told me that santa came early today )"ahhh"beatiful picture. and for sure