Nov 26 2009
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 26: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point during the men’s singles round robin match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 26, 2009 in London, England (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The ATP World Tour takes a look at the top players of the decade.
1. Roger Federer
Roger Federer, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the game, has dominated men’s tennis since the turn of the millennium, winning a record-breaking 15 Grand Slam titles.
2. Rafael Nadal
In recent years, Rafael Nadal has emerged as the strongest challenger to Federer’s dominance and has established one of the most gripping rivalries in the history of men’s tennis with the Swiss.
3. Lleyton Hewitt
The feisty Australian burst onto the scene in the late ’90s, becoming the youngest winner on the ATP World Tour when he won his home-town title in Adelaide at the age of 16 years, 10 months in January 1998, and was the man to beat as the new millennium rolled in.
4. Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi retired in 2006 but his impact early in the decade guaranteed him a place in our Top 5 list. Agassi won three Australian Opens in 2000, ’01 and ’03 and in May 2003, at 33, he became the oldest player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973) to hold the No. 1 ranking.
5. Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick has faced the full weight of America’s expectation throughout his career, as he looks to emulate the success of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, and the charismatic Texan has unblinkingly embraced the task.
For more, check out ATP World Tour: The Players of the Decade
Come and play!, originally uploaded by atomiclion.
Andrei Pavel is inviting one of his supporters to come on the court and play against Pablo Cuevas (BCR Open Romania, september 2009): “Come and play!” Pavel lost in two sets against Cuevas, in his last match in ATP official tournaments.
Former World No. 13 Andrei Pavel retired from professional tennis, after competing at the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest. His final match was a lose to Pablo Cuevas.
In his career, Pavel won three ATP World Tour singles titles (3-6 overall), including one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the 2001 Rogers Cup, when he beat Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Patrick Rafter.
US OPEN-FEDERER-DEL POTRO, originally uploaded by Pakistanic.com.
Juan Martin Del Potro (L) of Argentina shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) after del Potro won the Men’s Final of the 2009 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, September 14, 2009. Del Potro won 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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Juan Martin del Potro upsets Roger Federer at the US Open, ending Federer’s five-year reign as the US Open Champion, in a come-from-behind 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory for his first major title.
Aug 31 2009
Roger Federer wins against Devin Britton in the first round of the US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing New York. AiWire Photo via Newscom
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Roger Federer picks up $31,000 for his first-round win at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, adding to his $49,977,919 total prize money going into the tournament. This makes Federer the first player in tennis history to earn more than $50 million in career prize money.
World No. 1 Roger Federer defeated rookie Devin Britton (6-1, 6-3, 7-5) in the first-round.
Aug 23 2009
CINCINNATI – AUGUST 23: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the winners trophy aloft after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Singles Final during day seven of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters on August 23, 2009 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer captured his fourth ATP World Tour title of the year as the top seed at Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati after defeating fourth seed Novak Djokovic 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 31 minutes. This win is also his third trophy at Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.
Federer now has 16 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, second only to Andre Agassi’s 17.