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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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11/29/2008 | 08:06 PM
rafa sucks
11/29/2008 | 08:05 PM
rafa sucks
11/29/2008 | 07:54 PM
You were, you are and you will always be THE ONE! It's doesn't matter if rankings help or not.
No one could ever dare to question who the real #1 is!
We all know it's YOU!

Je t'aime Rogi,
11/29/2008 | 07:00 PM
god i hope this is true. seeing how roger is playing lately hurts my heart.
11/29/2008 | 06:26 PM
whatt are you kidding me
roger is the 2009 #1 no doubt
come on guys vote for him
45% is not enogh
11/29/2008 | 05:51 PM
Roger you are #1! Soon you'll have the official title back:)
11/29/2008 | 05:36 PM
He will provable became the number 1
11/29/2008 | 05:35 PM
It looks like the voting has ended and Roger Federer ended at 45% that think he will be number 1 again in 2009. That is an excellent number. Horay!!! Horay!!!
11/29/2008 | 05:25 PM
I believe this poll is also about Roger being the GOAT. That is what people (not just fans) really know and believe.
A Swiss newspaper (not the NZZ) reported at the beginning of the Olympics how Nadal's (and other stars') press conferences attracted 40
11/29/2008 | 05:20 PM
R O G E R no. 1 will be! You always were...