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Jo-Wilfriend TsongaAFP/Getty ImagesFrenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is one of four players to finish in the year-end Top 10 for the first time.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP circuit.

NEW FACES, CHANGING PLACES

There were five players who finished in the Top 10 South African Airways ATP Rankings in 2008 who weren't in that group from the previous year. (Final rankings will be determined after the Tennis Masters Cup.) It's the biggest changeover in the Top 10 from the previous season since 2003:

2008 Rank (as of Nov. 3)

Player

Previous Year-End Rank

4

Andy Murray #

No. 11

7

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga #

No. 43

8

Juan Martin del Potro #

No. 44

9

Gilles Simon #

No. 29

10

James Blake

No. 13

# First time in year-end Top 10

2003 Year-End Rank

Player

Previous Year-End Rank

5

Guillermo Coria

No. 45

6

Rainer Schuettler

No. 33

8

David Nalbandian

No. 12

9

Mark Philippoussis

No. 83

10

Sebastien Grosjean

No. 17

 



YOUNGEST YEAR-END NO. 1 PLAYERS

At 22, Rafael Nadal is the youngest player to finish as the top-ranked player on the ATP circuit since Andy Roddick in 2003. Here is a look at the players 22-under to finish No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973):

Year

Player

Age

W-L

Titles (Grand Slam)

2001

Lleyton Hewitt

20

80-18

6 (1)

2002

Lleyton Hewitt

21

61-15

5 (1)

2003

Andy Roddick

21

72-19

6 (1)

2008

Rafael Nadal

22

82-11

8 (2)

1993

Pete Sampras

22

85-16

8 (2)

1992

Jim Courier

22

69-18

5 (2)

1981

John McEnroe

22

76-10

10 (2)

1974

Jimmy Connors

22

93-4

15 (3)

 

2008 SINGLES CENTURY CLUBS

There were five players who finished in the Top 10 South African Airways ATP Rankings in 2008 who weren't in that group from the previous year. (Final rankings will be determined after the Tennis Masters Cup.) It's the biggest changeover in the Top 10 from the previous season since 2003: 

 

Player

Ranking Improvement

2008 / 2007

Kei Nishikori (JPN)

217

No. 64 / No. 281

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

178

No. 84 / No. 262

Diego Junqueira (ARG)

157

No. 82 / No. 239

Christophe Rochus (BEL)

119

No. 72 / No. 191

Eduardo Schwank (ARG)

118

No. 57 / No. 175

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

116

No. 83 / No. 199

Philipp Petzschner (GER)

115

No. 69 / No. 184

Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

110

No. 78 / No. 188

Rainer Schuettler (GER)

100

No. 30 / No. 130


 

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