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Old 11-03-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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As the title said. Who has been their country #1 for the longest time? Someone from a small country who played for a long time, surely, but who?

Federer became Swiss #1 15/1-2001 and will thus achieve 13 years in January, but I do not think this is a record. Can't think of anyone better off my head, though. Lendl blew his chance by switching nationalities. Any ideas?
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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I don't know why but Ramon Delgado sprung up to my mind. I remembr him as the lone Paraguayan player with mild success and he played for a pretty long period. Too lazy to count though.
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or maybe

Sargis Sargsian
Jarkko Nieminen
Marcelo Filippini
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In a few years Gilles Muller will be a contender for sure
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Baghdatis can be contender in few years.
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Mug thread, has nothing to do with Janowicz
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As long as he's ranked with even one point, Marcos Baghdatis will be his country's #1.

A player who comes to mind is Nicolas Lapentti. He played Davis Cup for Ecuador when he was only 16 but only just retired last year. Good chance he was #1 for a very long time.

It could be even more interesting when you add in doubles rankings, as I doubt Mark Knowles was ever not the #1 doubles player.
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Murray will be the GOAT of that
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I don't know why but Ramon Delgado sprung up to my mind. I remembr him as the lone Paraguayan player with mild success and he played for a pretty long period. Too lazy to count though.
Delgado was Paraguyan #1 in the rankings between 7/8-95 and 10/10-11 (when he finally dropped off). So 16 years and two months. Definitely a good contender.
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Sargsian: 13/7-92 to 14/8-94 and 10/7-95 to 14/8-06. In total just over 13 years. Quite a bit behind Delgado, he'll be passed by Federer soon.
Nieminen: 30/7-01 to date. He'll have to keep at it for some years more to be a contender.
Filippini: Not a candidate. Back-and-forth in 1988, overtaken 00. Maximum just over 12 years.
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Baghdatis can be contender in few years.
Baghdatis is an excellent prospect, he became Cypriot #1 already 20/11-00, earlier than I thought. In fact, he looks to be the longest running active national #1 even though he's still only 27.
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A player who comes to mind is Nicolas Lapentti. He played Davis Cup for Ecuador when he was only 16 but only just retired last year. Good chance he was #1 for a very long time.

It could be even more interesting when you add in doubles rankings, as I doubt Mark Knowles was ever not the #1 doubles player.
I stay away from doubles for now, I'll know where to look if I expand...

Lapentti: 27/9-93 to 5/9-94, 9/10-95 to 24/1-05, 25/4-05 to 9/5-05 and 20/6-05 to 18/10-10. He's close to Delgado but not quite there. Still second best so far.
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Murray will be the GOAT of that
Possibly - but when he first turned pro, Greg and Tim were still well-ranked. So he first became GB number 1 in 2006, aged nearly 19, then lost it for a few months before re-gaining it.

http://www.tennis28.com/charts/Brits_rank.GIF

There must be players who were national no. 1s almost from their first ranking point.
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Baghdatis is an excellent prospect, he became Cypriot #1 already 20/11-00, earlier than I thought. In fact, he looks to be the longest running active national #1 even though he's still only 27.
He became the country's number 1 at 15?

They have similar cases with Muller, as i believe he's been Luxembourg's number one since the day he won 1 point or got ranking. That might be 14 years already, or smth like that.

Will be a matter of career longevity.
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It may be a player from a really small country whom we have never heard of and only plays a few futures/challengers per season. Players that we know typically have achieved a high ranking, and such players typically retire before age 35. Very low ranked players may continue to play small tournaments up to much higher age.
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