Originally Posted by stewietennis
I find it impressive (for Hewitt) and sad (for how the rankings work) that Hewitt has more weeks in #1 than six times major winners Edberg and Becker, as well as seven time winner Wilander; he also has more total weeks at #1 than Kuerten, Safin, Roddick and Ferrero combined.
In the cases of Becker, Edberg, & Wilander, the explanation is simple: look at how many weeks McEnroe, Lendl, & Sampras spent at No. 1. Becker, Edberg, & Wilander were just unlucky that one or other of the other 3 was around and usually doing that bit better, just as Nadal was unlucky to be playing at the same time as Federer.