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Old 11-30-2008, 02:16 AM   #54
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From the ATP site:

http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008ne...ime_review.asp

First-Time ATP Winners In 2008 Make Big Impact

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro (pictured), who finished in the Top 10 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings, were among the 11 players who captured their first career ATP titles this year.

The 20-year-old del Potro became the 13th player (third active) in the Open Era to win his first four ATP finals (Stuttgart, Kitzbuhel, Los Angeles, Washington) he's appeared in.

Japan's Kei Nishikori, the Delray Beach winner, achieved the biggest rankings jump of any first-time ATP titlist. The 18 year old rose 223 places to a year-end position of No. 63 this season. Zagreb champion Sergiy Stakhovsky and Vienna titlist Philipp Petzschner also improved by more than 100 places in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

Since 1983, when records began, only six times there have been less than 10 first-time ATP winners during the year. The most first-time winners in the last 25 years were 18 in 1995.

Year-by-Year First Time ATP Winners (since 1983)
2008 - 11 2007 - 5 2006 - 11
2005 - 8 2004 - 13 2003 - 9
2002 - 12 2001 - 10 2000 - 9
1999 - 16 1998 - 10 1997 - 12
1996 - 9 1995 - 18 1994 - 8
1993 - 10 1992 - 15 1991 - 17
1990 - 15 1989 - 11 1988 - 12
1987 - 12 1986 - 13 1985 - 17
1984 - 11 1983 - 11

ATPtennis.com charts the records of the 11 first-time ATP winners this year.

KEI NISHIKORI - First ATP Title: Delray Beach (February, 17)
The Shimane teenager moved up 223 ranking spots to finish as the youngest player in the year-end Top 100 at No. 63. Nishikori jumped from No. 244 to No. 131 after clinching the Delray Beach title (d. Blake). He became the first Japanese titlist since Shuzo Matsuoka in Seoul in April 1992. At 18 years, 1 month, 19 days old he was the youngest player to win an ATP title since Lleyton Hewitt (16 years, 10 months, 18 days) in Adelaide on January 11, 1998. He also reached the Stockholm semifinals (l. to Soderling) and finished the season with a 16-12 record.

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First Time ATP Winners (ATP Rankings - November 17, 2008)
Player / Age / First ATP Title / Other Titles / 2007 Rank / 2008 Rank / +/- Difference
Kei Nishikori / 18 / Delray Beach / / 286 / 63 / +223
Sergiy Stakhovsky / 22 / Zagreb / 199 / 74 / +125
Sam Querrey / 20 Las Vegas / / 63 / 39 / +24
Marcel Granollers / 22 Houston / / 132 / 56 / +76
Victor Hanescu / 26 Gstaad / / 76 / 50 / +26
Juan Martin del Potro / 19 / Stuttgart Kitzbuhel, Los Angeles, Washington / 44 / 9 / +35
Albert Montanes / 27 Amersfoort / / 46 / 46 / =
Marin Cilic / 19 New Haven / / 71 / 22 / +49
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga / 23 / Bangkok / Paris / 43 / 6 +37
Philipp Petzschner / 24 / Vienna / / 185 / 66 / +119
Igor Kunitsyn / 27 / Moscow / / 116 / 44 / +72
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