11/12/05 • Nadal Grabs the Golden Bagel

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The 2005 Golden Bagel Award™ was nabbed by Rafael Nadal after handing out 11 bagels (sets won 6-0). “While he moved from a year-end world ranking of 48 in 2004 to finish as #2 this year, I am sure Nadal will look back at the year and be most proud of this accomplishment,” said Tom Suhler one of the award presenters. Nadal fell one bagel short of last years 12 bagels that were given out by Roger Federer. Suhler noted, “the thing I find astonishing is that Nadal gave out 31 fries (sets won 6-1) this year compared to Federer’s 24 from the year before.” Second place went to Nikolay Davydenko with an impressive 9 bagels. Last year’s champ came in last with an unimpressive total of 1 bagel. “I’m sure if Tony Roche hears about this Federer will be running extra laps,” joked Suhler.

To qualify for the Golden Bagel Award™, a player must either be ranked in the Top 8 of ATP singles players or participate in the year-end Tennis Masters Cup. The award is presented to the player who wins the most 6-0 sets between January 1 and the start of the Masters. Davis Cup matches and incomplete sets are not counted. The ATP website is used as the definitive data source.

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