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ATP Heritage: Roger Federer, 2004-07, '09

On 23 August, ATP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Emirates ATP Rankings. We continue our countdown with a look at Roger Federer, the 2004-07, 2009 year-end No. 1. #ATPHeritage

Roger Federer, who has set the benchmark to which every player is judged, has broken records throughout his career and at 32 remains a perennial threat on the major stage.

Federer remembers being junior World No. 1 in 1998 and thinking to himself, "Wow, wouldn't it be great if I could do this in the pros, too?"

The Swiss realised that goal on 30 January 2004, when he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 in the Australian Open semi-finals. Three days later, Federer officially became the 23rd player to reach No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, aged 22 years, five months, after clinching his second major crown (d. Safin).

"I do remember the moment really well," said Federer. "I went to my knees and it was 'Oh my God, I made it to World No. 1' and I have the final to play in a couple of days. Please let me enjoy the moment.” 

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For the next 237 weeks, until 18 August 2008, Federer was the king of men’s tennis. Only Jimmy Connors (160 weeks), Ivan Lendl (157) and Pete Sampras (102 weeks) have also reigned for 100 consecutive weeks or more since 1973.

Federer regained No. 1 from his great rival, Rafael Nadal, on 6 July 2009, after breaking Sampras' major titles record at Wimbledon. He held the top spot for a further 48 weeks. On 7 June 2010, when Nadal usurped Federer, he stood at 285 weeks at No. 1 – one week shy of equalling another Sampras record. 

Federer had to wait 25 months for his next spell at the summit of tennis. When it came, on 9 July 2012, it was a result of a stellar 12 months of success. Federer ended his third stint at No. 1 after 17 weeks for 302 total weeks. 

Over the past 10 years, Federer has won 17 major trophies from 24 finals. He has won six Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crowns and 21 at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments for 77 titles overall.

Read more about Federer in "No. 1", our special commemorative coffee table book, celebrating all year-end ATP World Tour No. 1s over the past 40 years. Buy Online Through Tennis Warehouse: Europe | Outside Europe

This year, the ATP pays special tribute to 25 former World No. 1s as part of the ATP Heritage programme, marking 40 years since the ranking system was introduced in 1973.


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