Roger Federer Intrigued as He Relives a Priceless Tribute by the US Open

Published 09/22/2021, 1:14 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


The return of Roger Federer to the ATP tour might happen sometime next year but the Swiss Maestro is always around the sport in one way or the other. With Laver Cup’s fourth edition all set to begin in a couple of days time, Federer talked about missing the event for the first time and wished both the times good luck for the event in Boston.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

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Both Federer and Nadal will be missing in action at the exhibition event that sports great talent this year in the form of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Aliassime, etc.,

While the Swiss star expressed his desire to be fully fit for the tournament’s fifth edition to be held in London, his fans can look at a new stat in the meantime as they wait for Federer’s on-court return.

Roger Federer shares a unique tribute given by US Open

The US Open recently posted the date at which Roger Federer made his debut in the ATP rankings. The Swiss Maestro was initially ranked no. 803.

On September 22, 1997, Federer made his entry into the men’s singles rankings and never looked back since. Seven years later, he became world no.1 for the first time and stayed on top for a total of 310 weeks overall.

Also, the fact that the Swiss played with multi-generational players were highlighted by this stat. Looking at the caption US Open wrote, it said, “4 decades of Fed in the ATP rankings”. 

Even though it doesn’t literally mean 40 years, one can identify that Federer has been in the ATP rankings in four different decades(90’s, 00’s, 10’s, 20’s).

Over the past 24 years, the former world no.1 had to adapt his gaming to suit the ever-growing sport and be on top. The Swiss Maestro was also impressed with this little tribute and put this up on his Instagram stories.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

One of the reasons that Federer’s run will be called legendary is his mere longevity. Despite heart-breaking failures in the recent years, his love for the sport only grew leaps and bounds as he is currently planning to stage yet another comeback after a third knee surgery.

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With the advantage of the modified ranking system, Roger Federer was able to stay inside the top-10 even after playing few matches this year.

As there’s uncertainty surrounding his return next year, the Swiss Maestro will be out of top-10 by the end of this year and his ranking will take a hit if his comeback gets postponed in 2022.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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