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Federer Rises Above

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer continues to rewrite history book, this time setting a milestone for most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

Roger Federer is a genius at winning matches, with aesthetic beauty, in the power era of tennis. Over the course of his career, he has left an indelible mark on the sport’s record books.

Today, he starts his 287th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. It is another record-breaking milestone in a career of unrivalled achievement.

Federer first became World No. 1 on 2 February 2004, when the average age of the Top 10 was 24.8 years. For 237 consecutive weeks, until 18 August 2008, he was the man to beat, taking the sport to new levels and growing into his role as a global superstar.

His monogram, RF, which is embroidered onto his clothing, has become instantly recognisable by sports fans worldwide. More than 10 million people follow his Facebook feed, on the social networking site, while he has "the most impressive endorsements portfolio in sports" according to Forbes Magazine. He has also shown great leadership qualities as President of the ATP Player Council since June 2008.

In a golden era of men’s professional tennis, Federer and his rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have won 29 of the past 30 major championships. In that period, since May 2005, Federer, the classical player of his generation, has won 13 of his 17 Grand Slam championship titles from 20 finals.

When nine majors – since the 2010 Australian Open – passed by without a title and the tennis world began to ask questions, he admitted his confidence took a hit. Every champion hopes that their best form can be recaptured, however irrational it might seem. Federer was no exception.

Through hard work with his coach Paul Annacone, he kept putting himself in contention. Andre Agassi, who remains the oldest player to have been No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, at 33 years and 131 days in 2003, proved to be a great inspiration.

The sport’s greatest ambassador has picked up 75 tour-level titles over 12 consecutive seasons and extended his remarkable record of 33 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals.

Since losing to Djokovic in the 2011 US Open semi-finals, Federer has compiled an astonishing 63-6 mark, which includes his sixth title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November, his 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy at the Mutua Madrid Open in May, plus six other pieces of silverware.

Eight days ago, his hard work paid off. By equalling Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles, Federer once again became the World No. 1 just four weeks shy of his 31st birthday.

It was a source of great pride.

The status of being acknowledged as best in the world has always mattered to Federer. Even when he achieved the junior No. 1 ranking in 1998 and after he won his first Grand Slam championship in June 2003 at Wimbledon, getting to the top of the ATP Rankings was of primary importance.

Federer continues to embody elegance and effortless style. By playing a light schedule and with luck in avoiding serious injury, he has managed to retain his speed and athleticism, his joy and expressiveness, to rank World No. 1 at a time when the average age of the Top 10 is 26.6 years.

Federer’s love for the sport is intense. He has indicated a desire to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, so the chances of further record-breaking and glory on the grandest of stages cannot be ruled out for, who many consider is, the greatest player of all-time. 

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