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By Akshay Kohli
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Mathematicians and statisticians will be kept busy starting next week as at The Championships the Top 3 players of the world, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are in contention to become to the NEW WORLD NO.1 at the end of Wimbledon. Lets have a look at the permutations and combinations that will help the three contenders to either retain(in case of Djokovic) or dethrone the Serb to become the new World No.1.
Djokovic can retain his World No.1 ranking by just reaching the finals. His extraordinary first half saw him come to Wimbledon with a staggering 41-1 win-loss record that also saw him accumulate a massive number of points and although he defended his Australian Open and Sony Ericsson Open titles, those have been Djokovic’s only victories of the season; in 2011 he had won seven titles during the same period. This has lead to most of his points getting cut.
Federer, who is eying to overtake Sampras' all tine record for the maximum number of weeks to hold the No.1 ranking is just 1 week behind Sampras(286 weeks to 285 weeks). He needs to win the title here and also hope that Djokovic gets eliminated before the finals for him to regain his No.1 ranking after a gap of 2 years. Federer already holds the record for the most number of consecutive weeks as No.1(237).
Nadal on the other hand lost his No.1 ranking to Djokovic here last year and would be aiming to get it back. Nadal also needs to win the title to keep his hopes alive and also hope that the Serb does not reach beyond the last 8. Rafa has already retained his French Open title, beating Djokovic and is aiming to win his third Wimbledon title.
Lets look at the table that helps us get a better picture about the probable ranking points after The Championships.
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