Federer will return to No. 1 - Henman

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman believes Roger Federer will break Pete Sampras' record as longest-standing No. 1.

Federer has spent 285 weeks at No. 1 - just one week short of Sampras' record, but Henman is confident Federer is capable of adding to his 16 grand slams and returning to world No. 1.

"I think with a rolling ranking it will be interesting to see if Federer can get back to No. 1," Henman said. "He is just short of Sampras' record for most weeks at world No. 1. I know Roger will really want to break that record, so I think it's possible.

"I think he will win more slams, I really do. If the conditions favour him then Roger at his best is still better than anyone else."

Federer ended the year on a high, winning titles in Basel and Paris before claiming a record sixth crown at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. And the former world No. 4 believes Federer's recent form just proves the danger of writing off the Swiss.

"I've always been a Federer fan because I love the way he plays, and while he's lost a few matches out there this year, he deserved to win in London," Henman told the ATP Champions Tour website.

"It's amazing that people were trying to write him off. For Roger to play the way that he did in London and go beyond both Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl in terms of year ending championship victories, that was incredible."

Date: 14.12.2011, Source: ESPN


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