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Does the number 1 spot even matter?

Maybe it's just me, but for somebody who's been number one for 4 years, I don't see why Federer should care about a ranking now that he's made his mark in tennis history anyway.

If anything, I would have thought he would be more interested in getting 2 (or 3 to beat the record) more Grand Slams.

In fact, why wouldn't he just stop playing most tournaments and focus on the slams only, with a few practice tournaments beforehand. He would certainly go into them fresher than anyone else.

Of course, if this works out well (and he gets his slams) there's always the option to switch back to the regular calendar.
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I say he should concentrate in winning all the exhos against Sampras this year

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In fact, why wouldn't he just stop playing most tournaments and focus on the slams only, with a few practice tournaments beforehand.
Fed only plays tournaments that count for his breakdown. He MUST play the Grand Slams, the Masters Tournaments and - to get the highest possible amount of points 5 other tournaments. When he is among the 8 best players at the end of the year he also needs to play the TMC. If you have a look at his Ranking Breakdown, you see that Roger has no non-countable tournament in it.

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Of course the #1 ranking doesn't matter now that Nadal is about to take it

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Re: Does the number 1 spot even matter?

He did beat the Connors record of the most consecutive weeks as the number one, so we can be sure he'll never be remembered as a transitory #1

And for me it's the most important! That's why I agree with you, he should concentrate more on the GS and forget the ranking.

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Federer should be concentrating on taking the hot dog eating crown from Joey Chestnut.
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Not when Nadal taints it
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Ofcourse it matters.And knowing how Nadal fought to stay #2, I just can imagine how hard will it be to take him down from #1 .
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Only if you want to be the best in the world.
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Re: Does the number 1 spot even matter?

Certainly it matters for Nadal.

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Yes, too bad Fed has tainted it for 4+ years. Ironic that it had to be a Fed tard asking this question considering that Federer is weeks away from losing it

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Dude, #1 is like so 2007.

The cool people aren't doing that anymore.
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Re: Does the number 1 spot even matter?

Relax, I don't know why you're getting so upset. I live in Switzerland, but it doesn't necessarily make me a Federer fan (I happen to be a strong Nadal supporter).

Of course the number 1 spot is important, but for Federer, if you break it down into getting past the 14 mark and retaining the number 1 spot, surely the 14 Grand Slams are more important?

What if Federer only played for the Grand Slams (with a few warm up tournaments, like Halle before Wimbledon)? Wouldn't it put him in a better position to win them?
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