Tennis Stat of the Day

10 June 2007 at 10:44 am 4 comments

| Peter Klein |

How dominant is Roger Federer? Rafael Nadal has been #2 in the ATP rankings, behind Federer, for 98 consecutive weeks — the longest anybody has been #2 without reaching #1 in the modern era. (Thanks to NBC for providing the stat during today’s French Open men’s final.)

It’s an interesting metric. What firms have held the #2 spot in their industries (sales, market share, earnings, etc.) the longest without reaching #1? Anybody with Compustat data and a few hours to spare want to crank some numbers for us?

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  • 1. Vladimir Dzhuvinov  |  10 June 2007 at 12:04 pm

    As an avid cycling fan I would suggest the companies Shimano and SRAM. Both have been in the market for bicycle components for many years.

    The Coca Cola Co. and Pepsi Co. also come to mind.

  • 2. Cliff Grammich  |  11 June 2007 at 11:40 am

    Does Avis’s advertising slogan mean anything here?

    GM and Ford also come to my mind.

  • 3. lw  |  13 June 2007 at 6:37 am

    Even more interesting would be to look what benefits / drawbacks there are of being 2nd best in an industry. I can imagine that it is a quite comfortable position for a firm to be in. Generally, I believe that the public image of firms being 2nd in their industry is better than of the ones being 1st.

    As a few examples, I suspect that being second means: less burden of having to be at the front of every new trend (e.g. less pressure to adhere to environmental norms that aren’t generally adopted yet). Also I suspect that it might be easier for the management to justify strategic mistakes.

    This is definitely an interesting question to look deeper into.

  • […] He holds yet another record: Along with his “longest winning streak on any surface” (81 matches on clay) add this: Nadal been ranked No. 2 for 98 consecutive weeks, the longest in the open era that any player’s been No. 2 without reaching No. 1. (via Orgs & Markets) […]

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