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Federer, Roddick On Influential Men List
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, competitors in this year’s epic Wimbledon final, have been named among The Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2009 on AskMen.com. Federer was selected by readers as the eighth most influential man of 2009, and Roddick as the 35th.
ATP World No. 1 Federer is making his third appearance in the fourth annual list. He ranked No. 37 on the inaugural list in 2006 and reached a high of No. 4 in 2007. AskMen.com wrote about his selection this year: “Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer set a number of records in 2009, further cementing his reputation as the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport.”
This season, Federer reached all four Grand Slam finals in a calendar year for the third time in his career. He clinched the Roland Garros title to complete his career Grand Slam, and followed with a record-breaking 15th major title at Wimbledon, surpassing Pete Sampras’ haul of 14. The 28-year-old Swiss also became the first tennis player to earn more than $50 million in prize money during his career with his performance at the US Open.
World No. 6 Roddick made his debut entry onto the Most Influential list following his tenacious performance at The All England Club, where he tested Federer in the longest Wimbledon final contested in number of games played – finishing in a 16-14 fifth set. In Memphis, he extended his streak of winning at least one ATP World Tour tile to a ninth straight year – a feat matched only by Federer.
AskMen.com wrote about the 27-year-old American: “He may not have won at Wimbledon, but Roddick certainly had a winning year as far as his personal life was concerned; on April 17, 2009, he married the stunning Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker.”
More than half a million votes were cast in the online poll, and readers of the men’s lifestyle website picked Mad Men’s fictional ad man Don Draper as the most influential man of 2009. Draper is followed on the list by Usain Bolt, Barack Obama, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Simon Cowell. To view the full list, go to AskMen.com.