Roger Federer Likely to Move Out of Top 10 Rankings for the First Time Since January 2017

Published 10/03/2021, 11:19 PM EDT
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Swiss maestro Roger Federer has withdrawn from the upcoming Indian Wells Masters 2021, citing injury concerns. Hence, he would drop the rankings points earned at this tournament in 2019. Moreover, he would also be dropping Shanghai Masters points as the event got canceled this year. Sadly, these reduced numbers might take Federer out of the Top 10 ATP Rankings.

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Last year, the rankings system was stopped mid-season, due to the spread of coronavirus. Notably, the primary goal of the move was to help less-ranked professionals with an opportunity to qualify for Grand Slams in trying times. However, it also helped many players on the top, especially Roger Federer.

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If the ATP Rankings had remained unchanged, the 20-time Grand Slam champion would’ve been out of the Top 10. But now, he is on the verge of leaving the Top 10 officially.

Roger Federer likely to move out of ATP Top 10 Rankings after Indian Wells Masters 2021

Inarguably, the lack of tournaments also worked against Roger Federer‘s rankings case. Besides, he would soon undergo third knee surgery on his right leg. Hence, he had to end his 2021 season with an unsatisfactory 9-4 win-loss record.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz Pool via REUTERS/Edward Whitaker

Currently, Federer is in the ninth position with 3765 ranking points. After him, Casper Ruud and Felix Auger-Aliassime are in the tenth and eleventh position, with 3440 and 3368 points, respectively. Considering he will drop 300 points from Indian Wells Masters and 180 from Shanghai Masters, he will most likely exit the ATP Top 10.

Furthermore, the now 40-year-old would also drop his points earned in Paris Masters 2019. Hence, it seems that Federer will end his 2021 season outside of the Top 10. Notably, the last time he went out of the Top 10 was in January 2017.

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Will Federer return on the tennis tour?

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For tennis professionals, knee injuries can also prove to be dangerous. However, it has never seemed to slow down the passionate Federer. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

For now, the Swiss maestro has to focus entirely on his complete recovery. But he recently admitted that he is happy with the rehab process and even shared his desire to play the Laver Cup 2022 in London.

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Hopefully, Federer will return next year and grace the tennis world with his presence. Let’s see what’s left in the stock for the tennis maestro before he retires.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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