Roger Federer's 300th Week as World No.1
October 18, 2012: Beeyong Sison - The latest milestone reached by a tennis player Monday will be the most enduring among all recorded tennis achievement in the history of the game, both in the pre-and post -Open Era.
In a new world rankings released by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour on October 15, 2012, Roger Federer of Switzerland was ranked No.1 player in world for the 300th week since the professional players' rankings system was created in 1973.
ATP publishes weekly rankings of the professional players for men to determine entry ranking through a 52-week rolling period including the ATP Race on a year to date ranking. The entry ranking is used for determining qualification for entry and seeding in all tournaments for both singles and doubles.
Besides the 300 mark and streaking to a 237-consecutive-week dominant stretch as No.1 from 2004 to 2008, Federer's astonishing record of reaching all four Grand Slam major finals 24 times while winning 17, and then setting an all-time record of reaching the finals of all four Grand Slam tournament at least 5 times is the most mind-boggling.
According to the ATP that during the 237-week streak, Federer did not lose more than 10 matches as World No. 1 in any single season, except for 2008 when he ceded the top spot to Rafael Nadal.
He is only one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era to achieve the career Grand Slam; and one of three (with Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal) to do it in different surface on clay, grass, and hard courts.
Federer also shares the Open Era record for most Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open with Agassi (4 titles), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7 titles) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5 titles).
Federer's ATP event records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, winning 21 ATP Masters 1000 titles, a record shared with Rafael Nadal of Spain, and playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments matching Agassi by winning seven times.
For many generations to come, this astonishing record of dominance will be very difficult to ever get close to, or let alone break in any field of sporting activity.
TRIBUTES: source: atpworldtour.com
"It's an incredible achievement and accomplishment to be ranked No. 1 in the world for 300 weeks. It is a testament to his consistency at the top of the game for so many years."
"Being No. 1 is a special achievement and also an honor. Congratulations to Roger for being there for 300 weeks."
"It's his consistency that's been the most impressive thing. I hope when I'm 31 I still have a lot of desire and still am trying to compete at the highest level. It's such a hard thing to do. He's been doing it now getting close to 10 years. That's very impressive in a sport as physical as this one to have done that."
"It's extraordinary achievement - there is no doubt about it. There is no questioning his results and achievements. At 31, he's winning Grand Slams. He's always a favorite at any tournament he plays in."
Brad Drewett, ATP Chairman/President
"To have held the No.1 ranking on the ATP World Tour for 300 weeks is a phenomenal achievement, and quite simply unprecedented. The fact that Roger has been able to consistently re-write the record books over such a long period of time is a credit to his hard work, dedication and talent. We are extremely fortunate to have such an incredible champion at the top of our sport."
In behalf of late friend PC, congratulations!
You're a good boy, Roger.
Total No. of Weeks at No.1
1) Roger Federer 300 (as of 10-15-12)
2) Pete Sampras 286
3) Ivan Lendl 270
4) Jimmy Connors 268
5) John McEnroe
Top 10 ATP Rankings (as of 10-15-12)
1. Roger Federer (SUI) 12,165 pts
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,970
3. Andy Murray (GBR) 7690
4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6995
5. David Ferrer (ESP) 5360
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4840 (+1)
7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 4810 (-1)
8. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 3670
9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 3265
10. Juan Monaco (ARG) 2775