Roger Federer Graces Another ‘1000’ Milestone Leaving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Behind

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November 19, 2020 6:21 pm

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.

Roger Federer has spent the most number of weeks in the Top 20 overall

LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory after his singles match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Day Five of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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.

Federer is also leading in the most number of weeks as No. 1

Roger Federer celebrates victory during his men’s singles first-round match against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy during Day one of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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).

Despite losing out on the entire 2020 season after Australia, Federer is set to make a strong comeback. He will be next seen at 2021 Australian Open while his competitors are playing in London.

Also Read: “There Is Still Something Left”: Roger Federer Outlines Goals of 2021 Season

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