Top 10 Caretaker #1 Players

This top 10 list features some of the post-Sampras and pre-Federer world number one players. The years between 1998 and 2003 were strange times indeed, but at least each of these players to more or lesser degrees can tell their grandchildren they were once the best player on the planet.

1. Pat Rafter:
A classic serve and volley game, Pat deserved a longer reign at the top.
Total weeks at number one –
1
Greatest Achievement – 2 US Open Titles

2. Carlos Moya:
A no-nonsense game took Carlos to the French title and a worthy few weeks at the top.
Total weeks at number one – 2
Greatest Achievement – 1 French Open Title

3. Marcelo Rios: Probably the best player never to win a slam. Blessed with absurd talent and a colorful off-court game, Marcelo could have reigned longer if it weren’t for injury.
Total weeks at number one – 6
Greatest Achievement – Indian Wells/Miami Double Masters Series Titles

4. Yevgeny Kafelnikov:
The Davydenko of his era, Yevgeny ground opponents down and had the best return of serve since Agassi.
Total weeks at number one – 6
Greatest Achievement – Australian and French Open Titles

5. Thomas Muster:
The Grinder himself. Thomas ground his way to the top with an incredible 40 tour wins all on clay.
Total weeks at number one – 6
Greatest Achievement – 1 French Open Title

6. Juan Carlos Ferrero:
The Mosquito was The King of Clay in 2003 and took the top spot for a few weeks. At the time his forehand was the best we’d seen in years.
Total weeks at number one – 8
Greatest Achievement – 1 French Open Title

7. Marat Safin:
An under-achiever in most people’s books. With his talent, Marat could have spent longer at the top but he ran out of raquets!
Total weeks at number one – 9
Greatest Achievement – US  & Australian Open Titles

8. Andy Roddick:
Born in the wrong era, Andy should have won a few more Slams and with it a few more weeks at the top.
Total weeks at number one – 13
Greatest Achievement – 1 US Open Title

9. Gustavo Kuerten:
Came from nowhere to win the French in 1997, Gustavo is still the King in many people’s eyes on clay.
Total weeks at number one – 43
Greatest Achievement – 3 French Open Titles

10. Lleyton Hewitt:
Crept into this list as 80 weeks at the top is no mean feat. Tough to beat and with 2 slams a deserved number one.
Total weeks at number one – 80
Greatest Achievement – US & Wimbledon Titles

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