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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 | 10:04 AM

These unforced errors unfortunately came at the 2 most crucial moments of 2008:

1-The humiliating French open final :

Roger's backhand slice volley in the 2nd set could have given him the break he needed to turn things aro
11/30/2008 | 09:52 AM
1st key to Roger's success in 2009:


Today the game of tennis is evolving so rapidly. Year after year , not only are players getting quicker , they are also getting STRONGER.

Roger is well known for how hard he hits the ba
11/30/2008 | 06:41 AM
hey roger
11/30/2008 | 05:47 AM
Of course you can,Roger.
No one can prevent you reclaiming NO.1!
11/30/2008 | 05:31 AM
You will be number one forever.
We love you, champ!
11/30/2008 | 05:20 AM
u'll surely be no 1 next year!!!!!!!!
and u r still the no 1 fr all u're fans out here!!!!!!
best of luck fr next year!!!!!! we're all with u !!!!
11/30/2008 | 05:12 AM

You can do it, you are the best!!
11/29/2008 | 11:05 PM
I vote
11/29/2008 | 08:51 PM
*** to nochweiterroger*** p 18
Your post is right on and beautifully said. it echoes my feelings 100% and I wish I had written it. May Roger win !!!
Richtig, weiter, immer weiter Roger. Du kanst das machen, du muss!
11/29/2008 | 08:21 PM
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