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Federer Crowned 2009 ATP World Tour Champion

London, United Kingdom

Roger Federer, No. 1 trophy© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer has ranked No. 1 for 258 total weeks.

London, United Kingdom – Swiss superstar Roger Federer has been crowned ATP World Tour Champion for the fifth time, after becoming just the second player in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings to regain the year-end No. 1 ranking.

With five year-end No. 1 finishes, Federer ties Jimmy Connors’ mark and now stands just one back of Pete Sampras on the list of all-time ATP World Tour Champions. Sampras finished as the No. 1 player six straight years, from 1993-98.

Federer clinched the 2009 ATP World Tour Champion title by beating Andy Murray at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals tonight. Federer and rival Rafael Nadal, the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion, had entered the prestigious circuit finale at The O2 in London locked in a two-man battle to conclude the season atop the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings.

“It means a lot to have returned to No. 1 and to finish the year again at No. 1,” said Federer. “It was an incredible year for me both on the court and off the court and to be able to break the all-time Grand Slam record and finish the year on top is amazing.”

The 28-year-old Swiss held the World No. 1 ranking for a record 237 straight weeks from 2 February, 2004, to 17 August, 2008, before Nadal ended his streak. Federer reclaimed the top rankings spot on 6 July, 2009, after winning a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Federer now joins Ivan Lendl as the only players to have held, lost and regained the ATP World Tour Champion title in the history of the South African Airways ATP Rankings (since 1973). Lendl held the year-end No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking from 1985-87 and finished second behind Mats Wilander in 1988 before reclaiming the top spot at the end of 1989.

Federer began his return to the top in mid-May at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where he snapped a seven-month title drought by avenging his Australian Open defeat against Nadal. He followed with history-making performances in his next two tournaments. He became the sixth man to achieve a career Grand Slam with victory over Robin Soderling in the Roland Garros final, and then prevailed against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon to eclipse Pete Sampras’ record of 14 majors won.

After celebrating the birth of twin daughters with wife Mirka in July, he returned to the courts the following month to win his fourth title of the season at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. He then became the first player in history to reach the finals at all four Grand Slams in the same year on three occasions, completing his 2009 campaign at the majors with a runner-up finish to Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open.

Federer is pursuing his fifth circuit finale title this week at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He won successive titles in 2003-04 when the tournament was held in Houston and reclaimed the title in 2006-07 in Shanghai.


ATP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONS (since 1973)

Year    Player
2009    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2008     Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2007    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2006    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2005    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2004    Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2003     Andy Roddick (U.S.)
2002     Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2001     Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)
2000     Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil)
1999     Andre Agassi (U.S.)
1998     Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1997     Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1996     Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1995     Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1994     Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1993     Pete Sampras (U.S.)
1992     Jim Courier (U.S.)
1991     Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
1990     Stefan Edberg (Sweden)
1989     Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1988     Mats Wilander (Sweden)
1987     Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1986     Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1985     Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic)
1984     John McEnroe (U.S.)
1983     John McEnroe (U.S.)
1982     John McEnroe (U.S.)
1981     John McEnroe (U.S.)
1980     Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
1979     Bjorn Borg (Sweden)
1978     Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1977     Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1976     Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1975     Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1974     Jimmy Connors (U.S.)
1973     Ilie Nastase (Romania) 

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