There are two kinds of sports personalities – one that breaks records and the other that makes records. In tennis, the Swiss maestro Roger Federer is the amalgamation of both. Leading every tennis conversation for two decades, the 39-year-old Swiss player has now reached another ‘1000’ milestone. As of last week, he completed 1000 consecutive weeks in the Top 20 ATP Rankings.
Starting at the end of April 2001, Federer reached the 1000th week in mid-November 2020. Behind him are the long-retired American legends Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors with 868 and 860 weeks, respectively. Among the active players, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is chasing Connors at 794 weeks and counting.
Only a couple of weeks ago, Federer became the first tennis player to accomplish 1000 weeks in the Top 20. Without a doubt, no player could’ve done this first except the maestro himself. However, in the race of consecutive weeks in the Top 10, the 20 time Grand Slam winner is behind his rival.
Also a 20 time Grand Slam winner, Nadal leads the race at 790 weeks while Federer is third at 734. The arch-rivals have produced many classic tennis contests, and they hold their fair share of records too. Nevertheless, the number 1000 has a certain ring to it and it rings only for the Swiss player.
If consecutive weeks are taken out of the math, Federer has been in the Top 10 more than any other player. Additionally, if the World No. 5 stretches for another year or so, he will make it to 1000 weeks in the Top 10.
From his many records, the 310 weeks as the best in the world is one of the long-standing records. It is chased by none other than Big Three club member and current World No. 1, Novak Djokovic (295).