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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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11/28/2008 | 10:06 PM
I also want you to join ivan lendle .
For that u have to be 100% for 09 season , so sleep well and be ready for the fresh season. Love You
Your Biggest Fan
11/28/2008 | 09:50 PM
No matter what happens, you're always going to be my nr 1!!! Rest well Roger, and I'm waiting patiently for your first tournament in 2009. :)
11/28/2008 | 07:04 PM
To all Roger fans , hello

I can't wait for the 1st of January to start , so that we can see the king back in action.

In my opinion , Roger's success in 2009 relies on the 5 S'es , these are :

1- Strength

2- Speed

3- Strong Mentality

4- S
11/28/2008 | 06:51 PM
Roger u're the best
you will come back to tour normal place
11/28/2008 | 06:30 PM
Roger, obviously you're the best! and the #1, i'll vote for you .. I'm waiting for the new season and i hope to see you in your place--> the #1
11/28/2008 | 06:23 PM
this is an ordinary thing to be no.1 in the world with all my respection to rafa ...novak...murray and the others
11/28/2008 | 05:54 PM
It begins in DOHA.......
11/28/2008 | 05:39 PM
If you want it you wil be number 1 for next four years. And I hope you win French open, too.

YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11/28/2008 | 04:54 PM
Dear Roger,
Of course I am convinced you will regain your number one spot. No one can come anywhere near your brilliance and consistency when you are well. I hope you are having a lovely holiday whether it's on a beach or skiing. I read you had bought a
11/28/2008 | 03:53 PM
In the words of the song: 'You can do it if you really want it' although all your fans, whatever the result in 2009, will still think you are the VERY, VERY best and will always be King of Hearts. Keep well; have a great Christmas with Mirka and family a