Saturday, March 24, 2012

Federer tops list of 100 best players ever

   Tennis Channel on Friday ranked Roger Federer first on its list of the top 100 players ever.
   An international panel of experts gave Federer the edge over No. 2 Rod Laver. Rounding out the top 10, in order, were Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Margaret Court, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King.
   Federer, 30, holds men's records of 16 Grand Slam singles titles and 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1 (2004-08). Currently ranked No. 3, he needs one more week at No. 1 to tie Sampras for the most total weeks at the top (286).
   Federer is one of seven men to win a career Grand Slam. The others are Oakland native Don Budge, Fred Perry, Laver, Roy Emerson, former Sacramento Capital Andre Agassi and Nadal. Budge and Laver are the only men to do it in a calendar year. Laver accomplished the feat twice (1962 and 1969).
   Below is the complete list.
   Djokovic on "60 Minutes" -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will be profiled on "60 Minutes" on Sunday at 6 p.m. PDT on CBS, the ATP World Tour announced on its website.
   Sony Ericsson Open -- It was a bad day for players with Northern California ties in the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Only one of five players won in the opening round of doubles.
   Jean-Julien Rojer, a Netherlands Antilles native and resident who will play for the Capitals of World TeamTennis in July, and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan defeated Pablo Andujar of Spain and Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-1, 6-4.
   Capitals teammates Mardy Fish of Los Angeles and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas fell to Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins of Great Britain 6-1, 7-6 (5). Knowles won the 2002 doubles crown at Key Biscayne with Daniel Nestor.
   Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native, and Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus lost to seventh-seeded Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (3). Querrey was coming off a runner-up finish in doubles at Indian Wells with John Isner. Paes, who has won the last two doubles titles at Key Biscayne with other partners, and Stepanek won the Australian Open in January.
   Raquel Kops-Jones, a former Cal All-American from Fresno, and Abigail Spears of San Diego succumbed to sixth-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2, 6-1.
   Cal women blank Sac State -- The No. 10 Cal women (12-4) breezed to a 7-0 victory over No. 69 Sacramento State (9-9) in Berkeley. Sixth-ranked Jana Juricova, the defending NCAA champion, crushed Tatsiana Kapshai 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
   Sac State did pick up a victory at No. 3 doubles as Katharina Knoebl and Sophie Lohscheidt topped Tayler Davis of San Jose and Alice Duranteau 8-3.
   Cal's Zsofi Susanyi, ranked 17th, edged Rebeca Delgado 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 tiebreak at No. 2 singles.
   Tennis Channel top 100 -- Here's the list:

100 - Michael Chang, M, USA
99 - Ann Haydon Jones, Female, GBR
98 - Henry Bunny Austin, GBR
97 - Pat Cash, M, AUS
96 - Manuel Orantes, M, ESP
95 - Thomas Muster, M, AUT
94 - Andy Roddick, M, USA
93 - Nicola Pietrangeli, M, ITA
92 - Svetlana Kuznetsova, F, RUS
91 - Shirley Fry Irvin, F, USA
90 - Bill Johnston, M, USA
89 - Dorothea Lambert Chambers, F, GBR
88 - Amelie Mauresmo, F, FRA
87 - Mary Pierce, F, FRA
86 - Tony Wilding, M, NZL
85 - Yannick Noah, M, FRA
84 - Norman Brookes, M, AUS
83 - Jan Kodes, M, CZE
82 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, M, RUS
81 - Vic Seixas, M, USA
80 - Marat Safin, M, RUS
79 - Gabriela Sabatini, F, ARG
78 - Ashley Cooper, M, AUS
77 - Molla Mallory, F, USA
76 - William Renshaw, M, GBR
75 - Pauline Betz Addie, F, USA
74 - Tony Roche, M, AUS
73 - Jaroslav Drobny, M, CZE
72 - Gottfried Von Cramm, M, GER
71 - Maria Sharapova, F, RUS
70 - Patrick Rafter, M, AUS
69 - Louise Brough, F, USA
68 - Helen Hull Jacobs, F, USA
67 - Fred Stolle, M, AUS
66 - Bobby Riggs, M, USA
65 - Pancho Segura, M, ECU
64 - Ellsworth Vines, M, USA
63 - Lleyton Hewitt, M, AUS
62 - Hana Mandlikova, F, CZE
61 - Neale Fraser, M, USA
60 - Virginia Wade, F, GBR
59 - Margaret Osborne Dupont, F, USA
58 - Alice Marble, F,  USA
57 - Jennifer Capriati, F, USA
56 - Stan Smith, M, USA
55 - Gustavo Kuerten, M, BRA
54 - Manuel Santana, M, ESP
53 - Tracy Austin, F, USA
52 - Jack Crawford, M, AUS
51 - Doris Hart, F, USA
50 - Tony Trabert, M, USA
49 - Ilie Nastase, M, ROM
48 - Frank Sedgman, M, AUS
47 -  Jean Borotra, M, FRA
46 -  Henri Cochet, M, FRA
45 -  Kim Clijsters, F, BEL 
44 -  Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, F, ESP
43 -  Lindsay Davenport, F, USA
42 -  Jim Courier, M, USA
41 -  Guillermo Vilas, M, ARG
40 -  Novak Djokovic, M, SRB
39 -  Althea Gibson, F, USA
38 -  Maria Bueno, F, BRA
37 -  Evonne Goolagong, F, AUS
36 -  Rene Lacoste, M, FRA
35 -  Pancho Gonzales, M, USA
34 -  Jack Kramer, M, USA
33 -  Mats Wilander, M, SWE
32 -  Lew Hoad, M, AUS
31 -  John Newcombe, M, AUS
30 -  Martina Hingis, F, SUI
29 -  Helen Wills Moody, F, USA
28 -  Arthur Ashe, M, USA
27 -  Maureen Connolly Brinker, F, USA
26 -  Justine Henin, F, BEL
25 -  Stefan Edberg, M, SWE
24 -  Suzanne Lenglen, F, FRA
23 -  Fred Perry, M, GBR
22 -  Venus Williams, F, USA
21 -  Boris Becker, M, GER
20 -  Ken Rosewall, M, AUS
19 -  Monica Seles, F, USA
18 -  Ivan Lendl, M, CZE
17 -  Roy Emerson, M, AUS
16 -  Bill Tilden, M, USA
15 -  Jimmy Connors, M, USA
14 -  Serena Williams, F, USA
13 -  John McEnroe, M, USA
12 -  Andre Agassi, M, USA
11 -  Don Budge, M, USA
10 -  Billie Jean King, F, USA
9 -  Christ Evert, F, USA
8 -  Margaret Court, F, AUS
7 -  Bjorn Borg, M, SWE
6 -  Rafael Nadal, M, ESP
5 -  Pete Sampras, M, USA
4 -  Martina Navratilova, F, USA/CZE
3 -  Steffi Graf, F, GER
2 -  Rod Laver, M, AUS
1 - Roger Federer, M, SUI 

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