If Roger Federer wins Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal loses before the semifinals, Roger will regain the No. 1 ranking on July 6.
Here are the details from the ATP:
Roger Federer collected his first Roland Garros title on June 7 to complete a career Grand Slam and equal Pete Sampras’ all-time Grand Slam titles mark of 14. The Swiss superstar finds himself a Wimbledon title away from regaining No. 1, depending on Nadal’s result.
Federer went into Roland Garros 4,490 points behind the Spaniard but after winning the title, he cut the margin to 2,070 points on 8 June. Both players withdrew from grass court tournaments in preparation for Wimbledon and will lose 450 points from their respective 2008 titles won in Halle (Federer) and Queen’s (Nadal).
If Federer wins his sixth Wimbledon title and Nadal loses before the semi-finals, then the Swiss will regain No. 1 on July 6. World No. 3 Andy Murray could go to No. 2 by winning Wimbledon but no higher. Even if Murray wins Queen’s his points total won’t change as it would replace the 250 that he won at Doha in January. His 0-point penalty from Indianapolis stays on for 12 months and will drop on July 20.
Click here for more info, including a points breakdown for all you number crunchers.
So it’s possible, but the way this season is going, “Possible is Nothing.” We could get a Soderling vs. Fognini final or some equally ridiculous result. And who doesn’t want Federer vs. Nadal on the final Sunday? I’ll take Strokes of Genius, II over a number.