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02-26-2007, 10:14 PM #1
Lin Dan's streak as #1 ranked in the world
This week, with Roger Federer beating the record of 160 weeks at the top of the men's tennis tour ranking, it occurred to me that badminton's own Lin Dan may well be just a few weeks behind Federer's record. If Wikipedia is right, Lin Dan reached the number one spot in February 26, 2004. Does anyone know if he lost the number one ranking at one point or has he been at the top since reaching that ranking? If so, next week he will have reached his 156th week as the #1 ranked male's singles badminton player. A very nice feat, perhaps the record for the longest stay at the top for a badminton player.
I think this is one reason that tennis is probably the biggest racket sport around the world (in terms of prestige, coverage, prize money, etc.). Tennis has records that people follow. Fans cheer on for their favorite to beat a record, like to win all the grand slams in one year or win tournaments in a row. This stat tracking really gives the fans something to do, like they're involved in it somehow. This occurs in badminton also, but not in the same level as tennis (and other sports). But perhaps it's why professional badminton is so unique.
02-26-2007, 10:50 PM #2
He lost it for like a week or two or something like that to Lee Chong Wei last year . If that really counts.
02-26-2007, 11:39 PM #3
It should, LCW was #1 for about 3-4 weeks?
02-27-2007, 12:01 AM #4
Well, that breaks the streak quite a bit. :P It's a shame for Lin Dan, so close to that record. But I suppose he's really been the true number one for the past three years.
02-27-2007, 04:34 AM #5
the badminton world ranking system is flawed i think. but yeah, i do agree that LD should have been the no.1 ranked player for the last 2-3 years for sure. federer's still the man though!
02-27-2007, 04:44 AM #6
Originally Posted by flymordecai
02-27-2007, 06:15 AM #7
Federer is a machine Lin Dan is no where near a good Badminton player as Federer is a Tennis player. Watch Federer win the French this year and complete the slam.
02-27-2007, 12:21 PM #8
Originally Posted by Stealthboy
Badminton and Tennis are completely different sports. Require different physiques, styles and skills. THey are both at the top of their respective disciplines but would be absolutely awful if made to play a different sport. How can you even compare how good a badminton player is vs a tennis player. Dont get your Logic. They have both won more than enough titles to fill your living room, both have unique styles in their respective sports and are both number 1s. As far as i am concerned, they are both great sportsmen.
And Federer is no machine - Nadal is the epitome of Machines, as you put it. And as a matter of fact, i doubt he has the commitment and pedigree to win the French. I think that grand slam could possibly elude him for his whole career.
What you said is like saying Tiger woods is no where near a golf player as Michael Schumacher is a F1 Driver - There can be no comparison. DUH
02-27-2007, 01:50 PM #9
Damn If LCW didn't get the No.1 spot then Lin Dan would have a 3 year winning streak Oh well!!!
02-27-2007, 08:03 PM #10
Originally Posted by Baderz_Jas
02-27-2007, 08:50 PM #11
A typical weakness in the general human behavior is if I don't like the person, no matter how good that person is, I will not see it even if there is a halo above his head. But if I like him, he can do no wrong even when it's the obvious.
I quote G Foo's statements " I get the feeling u dont like him very much"
& "They have both won more than enough titles to fill your living room, "
I couldn't helped but laugh at the 2nd statement which was well put. Federer is such a polished & amazing player. LD may not have a halo above his head but he deserves better.
02-27-2007, 09:50 PM #12
Originally Posted by General Foo
Last edited by flymordecai; 02-27-2007 at 09:52 PM.
02-28-2007, 09:52 AM #13
This thread IS an easy one to target LD... He prolly saw the thread title and said to himself "Yay another chance to knock that guy down"...
Its not necessary to boost who you like by bringing someone you dont down. Isnt there a TennisCentral.com website somewhere where you can post your adoration of Federer on?
03-01-2007, 01:49 PM #14
Originally Posted by My DY
love it though
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