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Roger Federer sets new record for most weeks at No.1

Jul 16th, 2012
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Roger Federer plays at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, CA || Photo credit: Wikimedia CommonsAs of today, Monday July 16, Roger Federer has set the record for most weeks ever held at No. 1 on the South African Airways ATP Rankings, according to the ATP World Tour website. With his recent Wimbledon win, the Swiss reclaimed the top spot in the rankings for the first time in over two years. He also beat out Pete Sampras’ previous record of 286 weeks at No.1 with his current grand total of 287.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is one of tennis’ main governing bodies and is responsible for the official rankings of professional players. Federer first made it to the top of the rankings in February 2004, joining the only 25 others who have been ranked No.1 since official rankings began in 1973, according to atpworldtour.com.

Federer has held the top spot periodically from 2004 to the present. However, he is now assured of keeping the No.1 spot at least until this year’s Olympic Games in London. The Swiss told ATP World Tour, “It is really an amazing feeling for me to have regained the No. 1 ranking... 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.”

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