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View Poll Results: Will Federer regain the #1 spot and break Sampras's record for most weeks at the top?

Yes, and he will cement his reputation as the best player ever 197 55.18%
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:23 PM   #16
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Default Re: Will Federer become number 1 again?

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I posted the following in the Federer forum but since it's being discussed here I hope people won't mind if I put it here also:

I think that the chance for breaking the record (by becoming number 1 again) might be gone for good. Nadal has an awful lot of points to pick up at Wimbledon and the World Tour Finals. Plus I wouldn't bet against him putting on a dominant performance on clay next year either. Also outsiide clay the points in Masters touraments are likely to be shared amongst top players...including Nadal.

In retrospect Federer only missed this record by a whisker. Things could have been so different if:
  • He had taken the match after being 2 points away from victory against Del Potro at the US Open
  • He had taken the match after being 2 points away from victory against Davydenko at WTF
  • He hadn't contracted a lung infection prior to the Dubai tournament
  • He had converted match points against Baghdatis and Berdych at Indian Wells and Miami respectively
  • He converted break point opportunities against Nadal in Madrid
  • Federer entered Monte Carlo
  • Nadal had withdrawn from Madrid, as some rumours appeared to suggest
  • A fit Del Potro / Davydenko could have won a match against Nadal on clay
  • Becker didn't gift Sampras the year end number 1 in 1998
  • Federer didn't make early exits in Cincy against Simon, Canada against Karlovic and the Olympics against Blake in 2008
  • Federer finshed ahead of Roddick at tne end of 2003

But of course all these are irrelevant now. What matters is he picks himself up from this and pursue his main goal: winning more Grand Slam tournaments. Getting the number 1 back is a secondary matter as far as the rest of his career is concerned, in my opinion.
I'd say that if Federer had seized his MP against Baggy and Berdych this year he could have broken the record. Those matches were tough and I think he could have advanced a few more rounds if he had passed through.

Even the match against Gulbis in Rome. If he had beaten Gulbis I think he would have advanced until the SF and that would have been enough for him to keep his no 1 today.

In retrospect, skipping MC was a terrible decision but we can only say that now.

What's done is done.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:25 PM   #17
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In retrospect Federer only missed this record by a whisker. Things could have been so different if:
  • He had taken the match after being 2 points away from victory against Del Potro at the US Open
  • He had taken the match after being 2 points away from victory against Davydenko at WTF
  • He hadn't contracted a lung infection prior to the Dubai tournament
  • He had converted match points against Baghdatis and Berdych at Indian Wells and Miami respectively
  • He converted break point opportunities against Nadal in Madrid
  • Federer entered Monte Carlo
  • Nadal had withdrawn from Madrid, as some rumours appeared to suggest
  • A fit Del Potro / Davydenko could have won a match against Nadal on clay
  • Becker didn't gift Sampras the year end number 1 in 1998
  • Federer didn't make early exits in Cincy against Simon, Canada against Karlovic and the Olympics against Blake in 2008
  • Federer finshed ahead of Roddick at tne end of 2003
Reading that is just painful

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But of course all these are irrelevant now. What matters is he picks himself up from this and pursue his main goal: winning more Grand Slam tournaments. Getting the number 1 back is a secondary matter as far as the rest of his career is concerned, in my opinion.
Agree
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:26 PM   #18
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Default Re: Will Federer become number 1 again?

In Fed I trust.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:28 PM   #19
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I'd say that if Federer had seized his MP against Baggy and Berdych this year he could have broken the record. Those matches were tough and I think he could have advanced a few more rounds if he had passed through.

Even the match against Gulbis in Rome. If he had beaten Gulbis I think he would have advanced until the SF and that would have been enough for him to keep his no 1 today.


In retrospect, skipping MC was a terrible decision but we can only say that now.

What's done is done.
Likewise Bennetau in Paris. But as you say, what is done is done.

Barring injury, Nadal could be in for a sizeable reign at number 1.
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Nadal will stay #1 for at least 52 weeks now, and probably longer. I don't see Federer taking it back unless the younger players collectively disappoint. He should keep focussing on the slams and forget #1.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #21
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Did Federer lose with easy draws again? Too bad.
Hope he doesn't spend half an hour blubbering with anguished tears.
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hes married, he has two children, he's fuckin rich and he won all he could win in his life, he doesn't give a shit about small tournaments or defending points and so on, that's it, and that's the reason why he will never return number one
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Enjoy being top seed at Wimby Fed. It'll be the last time at a slam.
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Only way Federer can regain No. 1 ranking is if Nadal gets injured again.
Agreed, just like he did the last time.
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No.He won't become number 1 again
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Agreed, just like he did the last time.
Federer got back the #1 ranking fair and square over the last year - sure, he wouldn't have held on to it for so long without the injury, but after the Australian open he had a lead of something like 3300 points, so he still would have been #1 even if he hadn't played the US Open and the Australian Open, or if Rafa had played Wimbledon.
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[*]Becker didn't gift Sampras the year end number 1 in 1998
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ballkid: More towels for you, although you won't win this match.
Fed: I don't care for these Mickey Mouse tournaments.
ballkid: Alright, the retirement plan isn't coming yet.
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In 1998, Sampras was set to lose his year end no. 1 ranking. He wasn't scheduled to enter the Vienna tournament that year but needing the extra points, he asked Becker to offer him his wildcard to enter the tournament. He went on to win the tournament and in so doing become year end number 1 in 1998, thus guaranteeing several more weeks at the top of the rankings.
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I hope he does.
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