Originally Posted by 1jackson2001
It is after looking at that site that made me realize really how quickly Roddick ascended the rankings. He debuted in 2000 while the others started in '97. He has been in the top 10 in almost as many weeks as Federer and has been on tour 3 years less than him.
I did a similar comparison thread on the New Balls awhile back, with detailed accomplishment charts and opinions...but the thread has been lost to MTF history. If I wasn't lazy, I'd do a search and bump the thread back up again. Ah well, come post-AO, I'll bump it back.
Thanks for the link, WyverN.
Ferrero didn't start on the main tour in 1997. He played a scatter of future, challengers, etc. but was still a junior in 1998, when he made the RG boys final.
His "first year" on tour would have been 1999.
As for Roddick.... he played both Juniors and pro in 2000... and was fairly successful doing so, or he wouldn't have ended in the top 200
I'm not trying to say that Roddick's rise wasn't more rapid or impressive... it was. Numbers don't lie
But to say that Ferrero started in 1997 and compare them like that would be... silly