# Nadal will finish the year #1 :)

#### CremoCream

##### Rookie
Federer was out there competing for his weeks #1 record lol congrats to rafa on #5 and great performance by Fed.

#### StrongRule

##### Legend
@Yugram What do you think, is veronika404 still alive?

#### Yugram

##### Hall of Fame
@StrongRule Btw, should I make a come back to ES in 2020? Watcha think?

#### StrongRule

##### Legend
@StrongRule Btw, should I make a come back to ES in 2020? Watcha think?
Yes, but please, don't celebrate wins before time.

#### tennis_pro

##### Bionic Poster
Pistol Pete still tops with a loaded chamber.
How still anyone compares Sampras to the big 3 is beyond me. Look at some of the seasons he ended no 1. LOOK AT THEM.

Sampras in 1998 = Del Potro in 2009. Del Potro finished 2009 at NUMBER FIVE IN THE WORLD.

The competition that Sampras faced in 1996-2002 is like a bunch of 3-year old girls compared with the worst season with the big 3 involved. His main rival has HALF the number of Slams as the third best guy in this era (Djokovic). How this guy even gets mentioned again in comparison with the big 3 is beyond me. He can have his 6 year end no 1 for now. Good luck with none of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic tying that in 2020.

#### AnOctorokForDinner

##### Legend
4. As a mathematician I can now bring to the world Nadal's theorem: Nadal ends a year at number 1 spot if and only if #{slams Nadal won that year}>1.
Fred is even epicker: if one defines f(x) for x=integer year as the number of slams he displayed worthy slam-winning level in, for every year where Fred was YE#1 f(x)>=3.

#### StrongRule

##### Legend
Fred is even epicker: if one defines f(x) for x=integer year as the number of slams he displayed worthy slam-winning level in, for every year where Fred was YE#1 f(x)>=3.
I guess f(2004)=3, f(x)=4 in the other years?

#### AnOctorokForDinner

##### Legend
I guess f(2004)=3, f(x)=4 in the other years?
Quite clearly, yes. Besides the RG four-set losses to Claydal who is just that good, Fred only lost slams to eventual winners in peak form over five sets (Safin, Nadal, del Potro).
Nadal's function never reached 4 by the way - though I concede that has a lot to do with Nadal getting injured at or for every other HC slam in 09-14, some serious streak of bad luck.

#### Slightly D1

##### Professional
Now time to capture a WTF!

#### Lebsta

##### Rookie
Ty Roger! Delighted with the 5th YE#1. Ain't no way in hell though that Rafa is beating this Roger even if he makes it to the semi's.
Agree, when looking at the form of both, I could see Roger breadsticking him for sure in a clinical straight set win.

#### titoelcolombiano

##### Hall of Fame
# 5! What a year from Rafa. Equals Fed & Djoker for YE # 1 - next year...... #20 in '20..... Vamos!

#### Lebsta

##### Rookie
On a side note, how long can/Will Nadal keep the no.1 ranking to boost his weeks at no.1?
Performing well in Australia will be the key, also how well Djokovic performs there. What will help Rafa's cause is that he'll have a truckload of points to gain on the clay next year.

#### TearTheRoofOff

##### Hall of Fame
Pistol Pete still tops with a loaded chamber.
He smokes the competition.

#### Lebsta

##### Rookie
For a guy who was SUPPOSED to have a SHORT career. Everyone and their brother said Nadal would be FINISHED before his 30s.
And yet here he is, proving everyone wrong.

#1 at the age of 33. 19 slams and counting. 12 F.O and counting. Simply incredible.
It really is an amazing achievement considering the injuries and time out he's had over the years. He literally is on the brink of the holy grail in 2020. Who knows what else he would've achieved if he had less injuries.

#### The_Order

##### G.O.A.T.
How still anyone compares Sampras to the big 3 is beyond me. Look at some of the seasons he ended no 1. LOOK AT THEM.

Sampras in 1998 = Del Potro in 2009. Del Potro finished 2009 at NUMBER FIVE IN THE WORLD.

The competition that Sampras faced in 1996-2002 is like a bunch of 3-year old girls compared with the worst season with the big 3 involved. His main rival has HALF the number of Slams as the third best guy in this era (Djokovic). How this guy even gets mentioned again in comparison with the big 3 is beyond me. He can have his 6 year end no 1 for now. Good luck with none of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic tying that in 2020.
Petros was lucky that Berretini wasn't around back then...

#### JaoSousa

##### Semi-Pro
For 15 of the last 16 years it's been Nadal, Federer or Djokovic as YE #1
murray

#### ElChivoEspañol

##### Rookie
When I started browsing this forum about 2 years ago all I encountered was hate for Rafa coming mostly from Fed fans.

I am actually touched to see all the Fed fans itt coming together to acknowledge Rafa’s greatness and congratulate him and his fan base. Awesome to see and it makes me realize that Fedal fans get closer and closer as our boys near their retirement.

#### JaoSousa

##### Semi-Pro
This is HUGE for Nadal, because:
1. Now all big 3 have 5 years of YE#1. So he is tied in this stat with two players who used to be very dominant.
2. Now he will have more than 200 weeks at #1. He totally deserved it with what he did in his career.
3. After the epic US Open final it felt like he should get the YE#1 as a reward. But it almost got away. Well, just almost.
4. As a mathematician I can now bring to the world Nadal's theorem: Nadal ends a year at number 1 spot if and only if #{slams Nadal won that year}>1.
Ur a mathematician! Same!

#### youngpolyhater

##### Rookie
Federer/Djokovic simultaneously skipping Montreal and then getting injured at USO cause this.

Congrats to him nonetheless.
Hopefully he's dethroned soon

#### crazyups

##### Professional
Where are you Vive?

##### Bionic Poster
Fed admits part of his motivation was avenging Wimby and said Djokovic shouldn't have been that close to sealing #1 anyway lol, ouch

The 38-year-old was also able to gain some revenge over Djokovic after losing to him at Wimbledon in heartbreaking fashion in July.
After the match, Federer was asked about helping Nadal to reach top spot and said Djokovic was only as close as he was because of what happened at SW19.

He said: "I knew there was a lot on the line for Novak today. If he wouldn't have won Wimbledon, maybe he wouldn't have even gotten to that, to be quite honest.
"That's what I was telling myself, too. Because he beat me at Wimbledon, actually Novak was as close as he was."

#### Spider

##### Hall of Fame
Good stuff. Congratulations. Each time people write him off, he bounces back with slams and no 1 ranking.

Amazing.

#### TheGhostOfAgassi

##### Talk Tennis Guru
Good stuff. Congratulations. Each time people write him off, he bounces back with slams and no 1 ranking.

Amazing.
Crazy isn’t it?

Winning USO was great enough and getting year n 1 as well. Some months it has been!

#### Incognito

##### Legend
I seldom drink, and never during working days, but today I had a glass of champagne. Thanks Roger and Congrats Rafa.

#### clout

##### Hall of Fame
Pistol Pete still tops with a loaded chamber.
Tbh a lot of the big three's number two campaigns were better than Sampras' number one years. Federer's 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017 seasons, Nadal's 2005, 2007, 2011 seasons, and Djokovic's 2013, 2016, 2019 seasons at number two were all either on par or superior to Pete's number one seasons between 1996-1998.

#### DMTNA

##### Rookie
Vamos Federer!
Year end no.1 and one million prize money ! Sweet!

I know ''40-15'' saga would trigger your tennis this time. You really destroyed Djokovic.

#### Crisstti

##### Legend
Fed admits part of his motivation was avenging Wimby and said Djokovic shouldn't have been that close to sealing #1 anyway lol, ouch

The 38-year-old was also able to gain some revenge over Djokovic after losing to him at Wimbledon in heartbreaking fashion in July.
After the match, Federer was asked about helping Nadal to reach top spot and said Djokovic was only as close as he was because of what happened at SW19.

He said: "I knew there was a lot on the line for Novak today. If he wouldn't have won Wimbledon, maybe he wouldn't have even gotten to that, to be quite honest.
"That's what I was telling myself, too. Because he beat me at Wimbledon, actually Novak was as close as he was."

Yeah, it was all Fed's fault anyway. He had to set it right.

That's a great gif. What amazing match Rafa played that time

Yes.

#### Lebsta

##### Rookie
When I started browsing this forum about 2 years ago all I encountered was hate for Rafa coming mostly from Fed fans.

I am actually touched to see all the Fed fans itt coming together to acknowledge Rafa’s greatness and congratulate him and his fan base. Awesome to see and it makes me realize that Fedal fans get closer and closer as our boys near their retirement.
It will be very interesting to see the reaction if Rafa gets #20 & #21 next year and how many congratulations he receives then.

#### Lleytonstation

##### Legend
@Yugram @Sport

Not fair, you guys did not have to feel the pain of BP’s and stress like us Fed fans have to deal with on the norm. The one match you are rooting hard for Fed it was a breeze. I believe this means you must continue to root for Fed until you have to experience this.

#### BeatlesFan

##### Talk Tennis Guru
It will be very interesting to see the reaction if Rafa gets #20 & #21 next year and how many congratulations he receives then.
Many Fed fans here congratulated Nadal when he won RG and the USO this year.

Vamos bamos
Come Jet Ski

United.

#### octobrina10

##### G.O.A.T.
I think the biggest gift that Fed gave Nadal was the F.O 2011 SF in which the Swiss beat Novak. That was a free F.O title for Rafa.

Rafa has given Fed gifts more than once. For example, in 2009, Rafa withdrew from Wimbledon and dropped back to No. 2 at the beginning of July.

#### clayqueen

##### G.O.A.T.
I think it’s safe till at least IW if Rafa won’t go out early at AO.
Djokovic can't gain points at the AO.

#### Bender

##### G.O.A.T.
Fed admits part of his motivation was avenging Wimby and said Djokovic shouldn't have been that close to sealing #1 anyway lol, ouch

The 38-year-old was also able to gain some revenge over Djokovic after losing to him at Wimbledon in heartbreaking fashion in July.
After the match, Federer was asked about helping Nadal to reach top spot and said Djokovic was only as close as he was because of what happened at SW19.

He said: "I knew there was a lot on the line for Novak today. If he wouldn't have won Wimbledon, maybe he wouldn't have even gotten to that, to be quite honest.
"That's what I was telling myself, too. Because he beat me at Wimbledon, actually Novak was as close as he was."

Something doesn't seem right when Fed would rather the guy within buttpicking distance from his slam count get #1, but then again it's not like Fed is the type to tank anyway

#### Yugram

##### Hall of Fame
Djokovic can't gain points at the AO.
Yeah, but let’s say Rafa loses in R2 and Djokovic defends the title. Then he regains #1 as Nadal lost nearly 1200 points and Djokovic lost 0.

#### Lew II

##### Legend
Being #1 in 2017-19 takes nothing special. Novak closed 2018 #1 with a mediocre year, points wise.

Seasons with over 11,000 ATP points:

Djokovic 6 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Federer 4 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

#### clayqueen

##### G.O.A.T.
Yeah, but let’s say Rafa loses in R2 and Djokovic defends the title. Then he regains #1 as Nadal lost nearly 1200 points and Djokovic lost 0.
Why would you want to say that?

#### Yugram

##### Hall of Fame
Why would you want to say that?
Dunno, maybe because we have to consider all the different possibilities? And as I said, the #1 is most likely safe at least before IW, but it’s incorrect to say there is no possibility for Djokovic to regain #1 already at AO at all.

#### octobrina10

##### G.O.A.T.
For a guy who was SUPPOSED to have a SHORT career. Everyone and their brother said Nadal would be FINISHED before his 30s.
And yet here he is, proving everyone wrong.

#1 at the age of 33. 19 slams and counting. 12 F.O and counting. Simply incredible.
I'm glad that Rafa again proved you wrong.

#### Druss

##### Hall of Fame
Nice thread to cap off the year. No trolling bs, just tennis fans (well majority Nadal fans) celebrating a remarkable achievement. Congrats to Nadal on an ‘epic’ year and a 5th YE#1...and the oldest man to ever achieve it, wow!

#### clayqueen

##### G.O.A.T.
Being #1 in 2017-19 takes nothing special. Novak closed 2018 #1 with a mediocre year, points wise.

Seasons with over 11,000 ATP points:

Djokovic 6 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Federer 4 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)