Federer Express Flies

Roger Federer is the year-end world no.1 for four straight years. With his win at the Swiss Indoors, he joins the rare company of Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl as the only male players to end the year ranked No. 1 four or more times since the ATP rankings started in 1973.

“It’s always emotional at the end,” said Federer. “I remember being here as a ball boy myself. I know 50 percent of the people working at the tournament. It’s nice to win again and go into the next year as No. 1 again.”

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John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!


  1. I am looking forward to the Federer-Sampras matches. Sampras has been playing the Outback Champions tour and he looks great. He even appears to have a better topspin backhand now.

  2. Yes… the three Federer-Sampras exhibition matches (Korea, Malaysia, and Macau) will be great to follow. Hope Sampras wins at least one of those encounters. Knowing him, he’s practicing hard now so he doesn’t get clobbered by his heir apparent. Thanks!

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