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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 | 03:33 PM
Hi Roger, Hope u can come to Singapore so we could enjoy ur performance. You are the No. 1! Yo rockz

Your No.1 fan
11/28/2008 | 03:26 PM
Roger, hope to c u in Singapore :) You are my No. 1.
11/28/2008 | 02:58 PM
Dear Roge,

I'm very happy again that you could give me an autograph and a photo with you in Paris.
I wish you a good rest and to come back 100% fit in 2009, because it's really worth it.
if you kick off the next year well, with the Aussie and stuff,
11/28/2008 | 02:56 PM
Dear Roger:
Please stay healthy,of course world No.1 is yours for sure.We all believe it and support you forever.
11/28/2008 | 02:56 PM
Dear Roger:
Please stay healthy,of course world No.1 is yours for sure.We all believe it and support you forever.
11/28/2008 | 02:55 PM
Dear Roger:
Please stay healthy,of course world No.1 is yours for sure.We all believe it and support you forever.
11/28/2008 | 02:24 PM
Roger, At this point the #1 ranking would be great but history will allways remember the slams.Please cut back your schedule A little bit and concentrate on the slams.I see you winning atleast 2 ma
11/28/2008 | 02:20 PM
hey...roger.....
you are the undisputed king of tennis..................rock on and yeah we are all sure that u'll be back with a solid bang!!!!!
gud luck for 2009...
11/28/2008 | 01:49 PM
Hi Roger (-:

I saw your match against James Blake at Macau. Im really glad to see you enjoying your game (-: The stadium was very lively, i also had so much fun watching it (-: You don't just amaze your fans with your exceptional talent in playing ten
11/28/2008 | 01:11 PM
It´s a good idea start with the right foot. If you want to finish No. 1 your fans will always be with you.