Monday, July 16, 2012

Federer breaks another record, began his 287th week as world number 1

Federer breaks another record, began his 287th week as world number 1

Roger Federer began his 287th week as world number one setting up an all-time record for most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

Federer returned to the top of the rankings after winning Wimbledon last week.

Roger first became World No. 1 on 2 February 2004 and he was for 237 consecutive weeks, until 18 August 2008.

The Swiss broke Pete Sampras's record of 286 weeks today.

"It is really an amazing feeling for me to have regained the No. 1 ranking on the ATP World Tour. I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly. I am extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete's record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him."

Sampras said: "Great effort. The hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability."

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: "Roger’s amazing results over the past 12 months have been a privilege for everyone in tennis to watch. Regaining the No.1 position and setting a new benchmark for the greatest number weeks at the top of the South African Airways ATP Rankings is an accomplishment that will rate as highly as any of Roger’s long list of records. His sublime talent and dedication have kept him near or at the very top of the game for the past decade, a truly remarkable feat. We are extremely fortunate to have one of the great athletes of all time representing our sport today."

Federer holds a 75-point lead over Novak Djokovic and is guaranteed to hold the top ranking heading into the London Olympics.

Source ATP