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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 | 04:48 PM
Non c'è numero 1 che non si chiami ROGER FEDERER! E NON CE NE SARANNO PIU'!!!!!!!
11/29/2008 | 04:13 PM
Best wishes to return to No. 1 in the world
11/29/2008 | 04:10 PM
hey roger,
o plz, theres no question bout it, OBVIOUSLY ure goona catch up with n defeat that monkey jawed rafa.
luv ya, sanju
11/29/2008 | 03:41 PM
#1 Oh yeah. Go Roger, you rock.
11/29/2008 | 02:56 PM
you ll do it geat champ.inchallah.
11/29/2008 | 02:52 PM
ofcourse u will be world no 1 again federer .....all the very best...
11/29/2008 | 02:01 PM
Back you forever!!!
11/29/2008 | 12:58 PM
rank doesn't matters game matters
gaining no.1 rank is not a task to roger
he just leaves it for a short span . He will definitely gain it not to this end of this year he is going to take it in 3 months
11/29/2008 | 11:44 AM
this shows : tennis fans underestand :,"what is tennis ".
they believe beautifull and stylish tennis.
11/29/2008 | 11:34 AM
yes roger, we believe in you, you will be no.1 in 2009:-)