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History Of No. 1

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times, most recently in 2009.

TOTAL WEEKS AT NO. 1Roger Federer takes over the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, surpassing the mark previously held by Pete Sampras.

Player Weeks At No. 1
Roger Federer 287
Pete Sampras 286
Ivan Lendl 270
Jimmy Connors 268
John McEnroe 170
Bjorn Borg 109
Rafael Nadal 102
Andre Agassi 101
Lleyton Hewitt 80
Stefan Edberg 72
Jim Courier 58
Novak Djokovic 53
Gustavo Kuerten 43
Ilie Nastase 40
Mats Wilander 20
Andy Roddick 13
Boris Becker 12
Marat Safin 9
Juan Carlos Ferrero 8
John Newcombe 8
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6
Thomas Muster 6
Marcelo Rios 6
Carlos Moya 2
Patrick Rafter 1



CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AT NO. 1Roger Federer also owns the record for the longest continuous reign at No. 1, holding the position for 237 consecutive weeks after first ascending to the top of the leaderboard on 2 February, 2004.


Player Consecutive Weeks At No. 1
Roger Federer 237
Jimmy Connors 160
Ivan Lendl 157
Pete Sampras 102
Jimmy Connors 84
Pete Sampras 82
Ivan Lendl 80
Lleyton Hewitt 75
John McEnroe 58
Rafael Nadal 56
Novak Djokovic 53
John McEnroe 53
Andre Agassi 52
Roger Federer 48
Bjorn Borg 46
Rafael Nadal 46
Ilie Nastase 40



RANKINGS HISTORY OF NO. 1 – Since Ilie Nastase became the first No. 1 on 23 August, 1973, there have been 90 changes at the top of the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Bold denotes the first time a player reached No. 1.


Rank Date PlayerWeeks At No. 1
23.08.1973 Ilie Nastase (1) 40
03.06.1974 John Newcombe (2) 8
29.07.1974 Jimmy Connors (3) 160
23.08.1977 Bjorn Borg (4) 1
30.08.1977 Jimmy Connors 84
09.04.1979 Bjorn Borg 6
21.05.1979 Jimmy Connors 7
09.07.1979 Bjorn Borg 34
03.03.1980 John McEnroe (5) 3
24.03.1980 Bjorn Borg 20
11.08.1980 John McEnroe 1
18.08.1980 Bjorn Borg 46
06.07.1981 John McEnroe 2
20.07.1981 Bjorn Borg 2
03.08.1981 John McEnroe 58
13.09.1982 Jimmy Connors 7
01.11.1982 John McEnroe 1
08.11.1982 Jimmy Connors 1
15.11.1982 John McEnroe 11
31.01.1983 Jimmy Connors 1
07.02.1983 John McEnroe 1
14.02.1983 Jimmy Connors 2
28.02.1983 Ivan Lendl (6) 11
16.05.1983 Jimmy Connors 3
06.06.1983 John McEnroe 1
13.06.1983 Jimmy Connors 3
04.07.1983 John McEnroe 17
31.10.1983 Ivan Lendl 6
12.12.1983 John McEnroe 4
09.01.1984 Ivan Lendl 9
12.03.1984 John McEnroe 13
11.06.1984 Ivan Lendl 1
18.06.1984 John McEnroe 3
09.07.1984 Ivan Lendl 5
13.08.1984 John McEnroe 53
19.08.1985 Ivan Lendl 1
26.08.1985 John McEnroe 2
09.09.1985 Ivan Lendl 157
12.09.1988 Mats Wilander (7) 20
30.01.1989 Ivan Lendl 80
13.08.1990 Stefan Edberg (8) 24
28.01.1991 Boris Becker (9) 3
18.01.1991 Stefan Edberg 20
08.07.1991 Boris Becker 9
09.09.1991 Stefan Edberg 22
10.02.1992 Jim Courier (10) 6
23.03.1992 Stefan Edberg 3
13.04.1992 Jim Courier 22
14.09.1992 Stefan Edberg 3
05.10.1992 Jim Courier 27
12.04.1993 Pete Sampras (11) 19
23.08.1993 Jim Courier 3
13.09.1993 Pete Sampras 82
10.04.1995 Andre Agassi (12) 30
06.11.1995 Pete Sampras 12
29.01.1996 Andre Agassi 2
12.02.1996 Thomas Muster (13) 1
19.02.1996 Pete Sampras 3
11.03.1996 Thomas Muster 5
15.04.1996 Pete Sampras 102
30.03.1998 Marcelo Rios (14) 4
27.04.1998 Pete Sampras 15
10.08.1998 Marcelo Rios 2
24.08.1998 Pete Sampras 20
15.03.1999 Carlos Moya (15) 2
29.03.1999 Pete Sampras 5
03.05.1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (16) 6
14.06.1999 Pete Sampras 3
05.07.1999 Andre Agassi 3
26.07.1999 Patrick Rafter (17) 1
02.08.1999 Pete Sampras 6
13.09.1999 Andre Agassi 52
11.09.2000 Pete Sampras 10
20.11.2000 Marat Safin (18) 2
04.12.2000 Gustavo Kuerten (19) 8
29.01.2001 Marat Safin 4
26.02.2001 Gustavo Kuerten 5
02.04.2001 Marat Safin 3
22.04.2001 Gustavo Kuerten 30
19.11.2001 Lleyton Hewitt (20) 75
28.04.2003 Andre Agassi 2
12.05.2003 Lleyton Hewitt 5
16.06.2003 Andre Agassi 12
08.09.2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero (21) 8
03.11.2003 Andy Roddick (22) 13
02.02.2004 Roger Federer (23) 237
18.08.2008 Rafael Nadal (24) 46
06.07.2009 Roger Federer 48
07.06.2010 Rafael Nadal 56
04.07.2011 Novak Djokovic (25) 53
09.07.2012 Roger Federer 2


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