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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Federer, Navratilova top champions' poll

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Federer focused

Roger Federer and Martina Navratilova have risen to the top to be respectively named the greatest men's and women's champions of Wimbledon of all time after tennis fans from around the world voted in the HSBC Champions of Wimbledon poll. Nearly 100,000 votes were cast as the public had its say in the debate of who is the greatest Wimbledon champion of all time.

The final voting results are as follows:

A total of 96,298 combined votes were cast for the greatest men's and women's HSBC Champions of Wimbledon of all time.


Roger Federer 28,794
Pete Sampras 12,573
Bjorn Borg 2,140
Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi took fourth and fith spots respectively.

Roger Federer led from the start and had 80% of the vote at one stage,holding on comfortably to finish with 59.8% of the vote, despite a late surge from Pete Sampras.


Martina Navratilova 19,546
Steffi Graf 15,934
Venus Williams 3,792
Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis took fourth and fith spots respectively.

Steffi Graf made the early running and led into the second week, before a surge of voting for Navratilova brought her ever closer to Graf.
Navratilova finally overtook Graf on Friday and stretched clear on the final day's voting, amassing 40.6% of the votes to Graf's 33.1%.

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