Originally Posted by Kei_is_a_samurai
You would think that the 2nd most successful player of this generation would have more loyal fans. If I remember right he came 2nd in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and now fourth in 2012!
Murray was second which surprises me. Novak fans are always so vocal on here but couldn't be bothered to vote for their idol.
Maybe Nadal fans stop following tennis after the clay season ends?
as Alex mentioned, the voting on ATPworld.com is done by more very very serious tennis fans, and Nadal is extremely popular with the masses... he also regularly preforms much better so being gone half the year certainly didn't really excite his fans to care to vote
HKZ is right though, Federer will always win this, he is unmatched in popularity with his grace and beautiful play. a person with that many accomplishments and WHO has been tennis for so many years undoubtedly is hard to beat. Nadal is not that far behind but his 4th rank in popularity in this poll is skewed by the nature of him having a lot of casual tennis fans and also the nature of him being gone for a lot of months at the time of voting