1100: Roger Federer Again Proves His Unprecedented Longevity on the Tennis Tour

Published 03/23/2021, 12:32 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Another tennis week has rolled in and Roger Federer has another milestone to his name. In a long career, the Swiss maestro has shown just how meaningful his longevity has been with the several high-profile records and milestones to his name. One important one was achieved recently, emphasizing his place in the rankings and how he has maintained it.

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Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans. Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

With the new ATP week rolled in, Federer has now completed 1100 weeks inside the top 100 of the rankings. He is 6th in the world at the moment and will extend his record further. He has the most number of weeks inside the top 100, by a country mile.

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The second best is American great Andre Agassi, who was in the top 10 for 1019 weeks. And the next active player on the list is Feliciano Lopez, with 946 weeks. Federer’s greatest rival, Rafael Nadal, is far behind with 913 weeks.

What has happened since Roger Federer was out of the top 100?

Federer has been inside the top 100 since late 1999. In the past 21 years, Federer has never dropped out of the top 100 with his lowest ranking being 93rd. Furthermore, Federer has been in the top 50 since June 2000.

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the Wimbledon trophy. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Since Federer breached the top 100, he has won 103 titles out of which 20 are Grand Slam titles. Further, he has played 157 career singles finals. He entered the top 100 as a teenager and is still in there despite being on the verge of turning 40. And he has an Olympic Gold and Silver medal to cap everything off.

2020 seemed like the year Federer would drop out of the top 100. Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, which ended his season early in the year. He played a single tournament the whole year, yet Federer not only stayed in the top 100 but in the top 10 as well.

Roger Federer wearing a mask as he walks out before his first round match against Great Britain’s Dan Evans. Tennis Federation/Samer Al-Rejjal/Handout via REUTERS

Federer’s surgeries came at the same time as the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic brought the tennis season to a complete halt, forcing ATP to make changes to the ranking system.

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ATP froze the rankings, thus no player lost points for no participation. So Federer never lost his 2019 points and thus kept his place in the top 10. If the rankings weren’t frozen, Federer would have found himself on the fringes of the top 100.

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Nevertheless, Federer is back on the tour and now has to start defending his 2019 points.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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