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Ferrero 21st heir to No. 1 throne

Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain became the 21st player to hold the number one spot since the world rankings began in 1973. Following is the full list of top-ranked players and when they ascended the throne:

Ilie Nastase (Romania) August 23, 1973 at 27 yrs, 1 month

John Newcombe (Australia) June 3, 1974 at 30 yrs, 11 days

Jimmy Connors (US) July 29, 1974 at 21 yrs, 11 months

Bjorn Borg (Sweden) August 23, 1977 at 21 yrs, two months

John McEnroe (US) March 3, 1980 at 21 yrs, 15 days

Ivan Lendl (Czech/US) February 28, 1983 at 22 yrs, 11 months

Mats Wilander (Sweden) September 12, 1988 at 24 yrs, 1 month

Stefan Edberg (Sweden) August 13, 1990 at 24 yrs, 9 months

Boris Becker (Germany) January 28, 1991 at 23 yrs, 2 months

Jim Courier (US) February 10, 1992 at 21 yrs, 5 months

Pete Sampras (US) April 12, 1993 at 21 yrs, 8 months

Andre Agassi (US) April 10, 1995 at 24 yrs, 11 months

Thomas Muster (Austria) February 12, 1996 at 28 yrs, 4 months

Marcelo Rios (Chile) March 30, 1998 at 22 yrs, 3 months

Carlos Moya (Spain) March 15, 1999 at 22 yrs, 6 months

Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia) May 3, 1999 at 25 yrs, 2 months

Patrick Rafter (Australia) July 26, 1999 at 26 yrs, 8 months

Marat Safin (Russia) November 20, 2000 at 20 yrs, 9 months

Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) December 4, 2000 at 24 yrs, 2 months

Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) November 19, 2001 at 20 yrs, 8 months

Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) September 8, 2003 at 23 yrs, 6 months

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