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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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11/30/2008 | 08:25 PM
Dear Roger,
You are our No.1. It doesn't matter what other people think. We love you and won't love you less just because you aren't no.1 anymore. If you want to regain then you can do it, i know. But this isn't important, cuz we support and love you for
11/30/2008 | 06:53 PM
Dear Kuetschuek ,

I hope you enjoyed my post , however , if you're upset I started writing posts again before the end of the year , I will stop writing.

So please tell me .
11/30/2008 | 06:34 PM
:- (
very profound ****eeee
for example: “When your muscles are weak […] your shots end up […] with not enough power.”
I MARKED YOUR WORDS some weeks ago, when you wrote you wouldn’t post again till the end of the year…
11/30/2008 | 05:35 PM
i really hope that you do end up number 1 again for the next season to come....if you do end up number 1 again, we will all be so proud of you because we would all know that you deserved it. Now you know that you are backed by fans, you just have to go ou
11/30/2008 | 03:50 PM
Dear Roger:you are best in my mind for ever!I will always support you,and I hope that I can see you the scene when you back to the NO.1!come on!??!!
11/30/2008 | 02:56 PM
U r gonna be the No.1 again Rog.....

Anyway u r the real No.1 for ur fans.......

U r gonna rock!!!!!!!!! in 2009.
11/30/2008 | 02:27 PM
yes, we love to see your adorable smiles again and again...leahlibed
11/30/2008 | 10:30 AM

And finally , although Roger's strength will inevitably decrease as he gets older , it will decrease at a far more slower pace than speed.
In other words ,as you get older, you get slower sooner than you get weaker.

For example
11/30/2008 | 10:16 AM

The key I think to Roger getting strong again is:

1- Resting well, getting proper nutrition after having his appetite back to normal after his recovery from mono.
(That's why he looked so skinny in 2008 , because he wasn't ea