Originally Posted by Federer4Everer
In an effort to keep this thread alive...
Is it clinched that Federer will surpass Lendl in weeks in the top 5? Fed has 502 and Lendl has 524 according to Litotes. That would put him second behind Connors (705)
Also is it clinched that Fed will surpass Lendl in consecutive weeks in the top 5? Fed has 501 and Lendl has 524. That would also put him second behind Connors
No, neither is clinched just yet. To surpass 524 weeks Federer will need to be #5 until March 18th and March 25th. At that stage, his points up to and including Indian Wells 2012 will have dropped, leaving him - if he should take no more - with 6085 points. As you can see, this is good enough for top-5 at the moment. So it is likely he has secured enough weeks - but not definite.
And the 524 weeks in themselves are not necessarily right. Other sources give 588 weeks. 524 is a guaranteed minimum, in which 1980 and 1981 is not counted. It seems likely from results that Lendl should have been top-5 in much of this period, certainly in 1981, where he made 10 titles from 15 finals in 21 tournaments played - including one (lost) slam final. Compare this to the official 1981 #4 Vilas, who made 3 titles from 9 finals and did not proceed past the 4th round in any slam that year. But Lendl officially ended 1981 6th (same as 1980), for some unexplained reason.