Happy Anniversary Roger.Today marks the 10th anniversary of Roger Federer first becoming No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 2 February 2004.
Year End #1 for the 3rd time in his career.
Congrats to Rafa.
Through Sept. 22, 2103:
Weeks At #1 (career)
Roger Federer 302
Pete Sampras 286
Ivan Lendl 270
Jimmy Connors 268
John McEnroe 170
Bjorn Borg 109
Rafael Nadal 102
Andre Agassi 101
Novak Djokovic 100
Here’s a glance at the feats the world no.2 can accomplish in 2013:
1. Appearances at the Grand Slams: If Roger plays in all four Majors; he will join Jonas Bjorkman for a joint third position all time with 58 appearances at the Slams.
2. Successive Slam Appearances: If he turns up at all four, he will tie Wayne Ferreira for the most number of consecutive Grand Slam appearances with 56.
3. Grand Slam quarters reached: By the end of the year Federer can go past Jimmy Connors who sits pretty at the top with 41 quarterfinal showings at the Slams.
4. Aussie Open crowns: If the emperor triumphs this year, he will have five titles at the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific, making him the first man to do so in the Modern Era.
5. Roland Garros match victories: Presently he is at no.2 with 54 wins at the clay Major and can be no.1 if the maestro reaches the semis yet again. That would take him to at least 59 triumphs in Paris, one ahead of Guillermo Vilas’s record of 58. Nadal though is snapping at his heels with 52.
6. Wimbledon match triumphs: At the moment Roger is third with 66 wins at the hallowed lawns of SW19, but a repeat performance will move him ahead of Boris Becker who is second with 71.
7. US Open match conquests: He’s currently a close 6th with 64 followed by the mercurial John McEnroe with 65.
8. Career ATP titles: The Swiss has won 76 titles so far(fourth overall) and is certain to overtake McEnroe who is at no.3 with 77.
9. Successive years with more than one title: The seven time Wimbledon winner has captured at least a single tournament for the past twelve years in a row and is third on the all-time list. And if the genius is able to take home a title in 2013, he will equal Connors’s for second place with 13 consecutive seasons on the tour.
10. Tournaments Outdoors: Roger shares the record with Vilas with 56 titles – the most in the history of the game. Even a solitary trophy can make him the lone man standing in this segment.
11. Match wins: The four time victor at the Rod Laver Arena sits at the fourth position in career match wins with 878. He can outshine Vilas by winning 44 matches this year, as that will take him in front of Vilas who is third with 921 victories.
12. Rankings: He can surpass Ivan Lendl’s record of being ranked either one or two in the world for most weeks. The Czech had spent 409 weeks at the pinnacle of the men’s tour while Federer has been there for 402.
John McEnroe tells the Tampa Times that Roger Federer is the best player ever, despite his negative head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal.
“If I had to pick one person, I’d pick Roger,” McEnroe said. Generally, I put Nadal as the greatest clay court player, I put Roger all-around, I put Pete Sampras the greatest grass court player, and Rod Laver was my idol. Those would be the top four. But I think Roger is the best all-around. He’s the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen. While he has a losing record against (Nadal), he’s been so consistent, has DiMaggio-like records, incredible streaks like 22 semis in a row. … Roger, he can do everything, and makes it look easy. That’s always the first step of a great player”
ROGER Federer will almost certainly lose the world No. 1 ranking by season’s end, but the Swiss’s remorseless hunt for records continues.
Federer last week equalled John McEnroe’s tally of 875 career wins, a figure bettered only by Jimmy Connors (1217) and Ivan Lendl (1071).
His defeat to Juan Martin del Potro in the Swiss Indoors at Basel left Federer one singles crown shy of McEnroe’s 77 titles, also behind Connors (109 titles) and Lendl (94).
Federer will not defend his BNP Paribas Masters 1000 title in Paris this week, opening the door for Novak Djokovic to snatch away the No 1 ranking.
Federer must also defend the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown in London next week to have any chance of heading January’s Australian Open seedings.
But his pile of records continues to soar - almost by the week.
The Swiss maestro already holds more records than any other man in tennis - but remains unashamedly ambitious.
Part of his rationale behind bypassing Paris this week was to prepare for the future.
"I’m not going (to Paris)," he said after losing a marathon final to del Potro. "It’s the only right decision for me.
"I had some niggling stuff and I didn’t want to take a chance obviously before the World Tour Finals. I need some time to prepare."
The owner of an unmatched 17 grand slam singles titles and holder of the world No. 1 ranking for 302 weeks, Federer holds a swag of records.
Prominent among them is the highest number of major finals, semi-finals and match wins.
He has also claimed more season-ending championships (six) than any other player, has the highest winning percentage of matches at grand slam level (89 percent) and boasts more hardcourt and grass titles than anyone else.
Federer will cherish his 2012 renaissance season, ending a two year drought at grand slam level with a spectacular seventh Wimbledon.
At his current rate of achievement, Federer will hold almost every record in men’s tennis when he retires.
And the prospect of Federer bowing out any time soon remains reassuringly distant.
300 incredible, unbelievable, amazing, and emotional weeks at the top spot. 300 weeks - and counting - of being the World No. 1. 300 weeks of legend.
Roger Federer - 300 and still counting…
We are always going to be proud of you, Roger!
Congratulations on 300 weeks (and counting) at World No. 1, Roger Federer! - October 15th 2012
“It’s obviously an amazing number. I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that’s for sure. I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon, maybe become world No. 1 at some stage. So here I am at 300 weeks. It’s pretty incredible. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments. I’m very proud of that record, no doubt about it.”
Add another record to Roger Federer’s list of achievements. Earlier today the Swiss maestro beat his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The win assured Federer of a 300th week at No. 1 starting next week, a milestone Federer holds in very high regard among his many, many marks.
“I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that’s for sure,” said Federer after the win. “I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon, maybe become World No. 1 at some stage. So here I am at 300 weeks. It’s pretty incredible. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments. I’m very proud of that record, no doubt about it.”
Tennis X .com
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will retain the top spot in ATP Rankings, as of 24th September announced by the ATP World Tour.
Roger Federer has No. 1 spot with 11,805 points.
Roger Federer today…
LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Roger Federer has pushed his reign at the top of the world men’s tennis rankings to a record 296 weeks as of Monday.
Federer had been No. 1 for the last 11 weeks since collecting the title at Wimbledon. That championship tied him with Pete Sampras for the most weeks at No. 1 and Federer has since pushed that to 296 weeks.