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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 | 12:05 PM
Dear flat-return ,

Thanks a lot for admiring my comments , I really appreciate it.

It seems to me you are the only person on this site that respects me and doesn't write "rude" remarks about me.
12/01/2008 | 11:28 AM
I dont know that u will be no.1.......
but in my mind u were No.1 u are no.1 and u will be no.1 forever no matter what the situation will be...
Best of luck for ur qatar and dubai championship.....hope u do well there...and in the year 2009.
Love U.
12/01/2008 | 08:09 AM
this is a question for anyone who knows: why is the vote count for the poll still going up? i thought the poll closed. is there a site somewhere where people are still voting or they just slow counters at atp?
12/01/2008 | 07:28 AM
Roger the Great,

Of course I voted for you. You will be No. 1 in 2009. I have so much faith in you. You are the great one, the greatest of all time. You can win any tournament against anybody. If you play well, nobody can stop you. Stay healthy R
12/01/2008 | 05:28 AM
next year, roger has lots to gain and nadal too much points to defend hehehe.. yeah, roger will end as number 1 next year :-) :-)
12/01/2008 | 04:03 AM
Roger, we miss you, miss you, miss you. Every day, we go to YouTube to get our Federer fix. Then we pick out an old game of yours like the 2004 US Open and just zone out watching you at your powerful best.

There is absolutely no doubt in our minds th
12/01/2008 | 02:22 AM
Please don't put pressure on Roger to regain the #1 ranking! Ranking is NOT important. Roger wants to beat Sampras' record in grand slams titles. So winning grand slams is more important. Whatever Roger really wants, we support him but NO PRESSURE!
12/01/2008 | 02:21 AM
Please don't put pressure on Roger to regain the #1 ranking! Ranking is NOT important. Roger wants to beat Sampras' record in grand slams titles. So winning grand slams is more important. Whatever Roger really wants, we support him but NO PRESSURE!
12/01/2008 | 12:29 AM
eeee****I think what people are trying to tell you is that you are too long winded and Roger is not interested in what you think. Nor are we.
Like someone posted why don't you just sit down and write ten or fifteen pages like this and send them to Roger?