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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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12/01/2008 | 07:48 PM
Siempre seràs el numero 1!!!
No hay nadie como vos!!!
Te amooo
12/01/2008 | 07:13 PM
Thanks for the advice , boting.
12/01/2008 | 06:32 PM
Rafael Nadal:
Roger Federer:
Novak Djokovic:
Andy Murray:
12/01/2008 | 05:00 PM
Hi, Roger --

I hope you are getting a good rest and enjoying this time with your family and friends. We have no doubt that you will regain your #1 status if you stay healthy, injury-free, happy and positive, because you are simply the best tennis play
12/01/2008 | 03:21 PM

my advice spare your strength and breath
more than 90 percent of the fans will not
agree with your comments did not you already'know and learned that in 2008
12/01/2008 | 02:33 PM
I heard that Rafa has said in an intervew that it shows a lack of respect when people write Roger off. He also said that Roger has won the us open and proved that his reign is not over he is still the man to beat and Roger has also shut the mouths of the
12/01/2008 | 02:09 PM
Roger is the best player ever and I Think his game deserves to be loved by everyone. However, he needs somebody to help him, analyse his game and bring what it needs to make him close to perfection. When roger talks about improvement, a great tv comenta
12/01/2008 | 01:50 PM
Sure,why not.Anything is possible 4 U!
12/01/2008 | 12:47 PM
most beautiful:):)
heavenly angel:):)
12/01/2008 | 12:33 PM
Hi Roger (-:

It's me again (-:

Hope I'm not disturbing your vacation. You may not be able to read this but I hope you will or someone close to you could relay this message to you (-:

Base from all your tournaments that i watched, I could somehow
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