Roger – thumbs up

17 Oct

Roger Federer - 2012 RomeThe race to the year end ATP # 1 ranking is looming as a showdown between rejuvenated Roger Federer and a rampant Novak Djokovic. Novak won the points in the latest instalment by triumphing this week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters event. He survived an epic contest in the final with Scot Andy Murray – who must also have a slim chance of finishing the year at #1, after Murray had 7 match points.

Federer’s problem is his stellar end of year run last year means he is defending champion at the next 3 events – and can only lose ranking points at this stage. Its very hard to defend points on such a successful run. But that is what Roger has always done. Last week he celebrated another milestone –  the first player ever to hold the #1 ranking for 300 weeks. Pete Sampras was among the first to congratulate Federer.

Sampras said, “It’s an incredible achievement and accomplishment to be ranked No. 1 in the world for 300 weeks. It is a testament to his consistency at the top of the game for so many years.” Sampras himself spent 286 weeks as tennis’s #1.

So its off to the Kremlin Cup in Russia, and then the Swiss indoor, before the tour heads to London for the season ending Masters Cup. Who will be last #1 standing?



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