Ríos, on the list of the 26 kings of men’s individual tennis


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Ríos, on the list of the 26 kings of men's individual tennis

Historical. This Monday, it will be 23 years since Marcelo Rios, after beating Andre Agassi in the final of the Lipton Cup (now Miami Masters 1000) the previous Sunday, became the world’s No. 1 for the first time. Thus, he was the first Ibero-American at the top of the ATP rankings and one of the 26 singles kings.

On March 29, 1998, the talented Chinese he became the best tennis player on the planet. Yes, his victory in Miami allowed him to displace another American icon, like Pete Sampras, to the top of the ATP individual rankings.

It was 1998 the best season for Ríos as a professional, as he played his only Grand Slam final, lost at the Australian Open against Czech Petr Korda, and later became champion in Indian Wells. Then he won in Miami and achieved everyone’s dream, to be the No. 1 on the circuit.

Thus, the Chilean displaced none other than Sampras, who had been the leader of the classification since April 1996. Finally, the American finished 1998 at the top, but Ríos enjoyed six weeks as king.

The list of the 26 N ° 1 men in the world and their weeks at the top ATP:
Novak Djokovic – 314
Roger Federer – 310
Pete Sampras – 286
Ivan Lendl – 270
Jimmy Connors – 268
Rafael Nadal – 209
John McEnroe – 170
Björn Borg – 109
Andre Agassi – 101
Lleyton Hewitt – 80
Stefan Edberg – 72
Jim Courier – 58
Gustavo Kuerten – 43
Andy Murray – 41
Ilie Nastase – 40
Mats Wilander – 20
Andy Roddick – 13
Boris Becker – 12
Marat Safin – 9
John Newcombe and Juan Carlos Ferrero – 8
Thomas Muster, Marcelo Ríos and Yevgeny Kafelnikov – 6
Carlos Moya – 2
Patrick Rafter – 1


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