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By Akshay Kohli
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It was Roger Federer's 853rd win that added another feather in his illustrious career- this time becoming the ALL TIME LEADER as No.1. He has now been at the top in this sport for an unprecedented 287 weeks, 1 week ahead off closest competitor Pete Sampras(286).
History began taking shape on 2 February, 2004, when a 23 year old Federer became World No.1 for the first time( the average age of the Top-10 was around 25 years). For the next 4 years, 7 months and week, Federer was hardly disturbed from his fellow challengers at the Numero Uno spot, till August 2008, when Rafael Nadal dethroned him to become the New World No.1.
With more than 10 million fanatics following him on Facebook, his 'RF' logo is now recognized globally and also a has a fashion sense to it and was awarded “the most impressive endorsements portfolio in sports” according to Forbes Magazine. He also portrayed great leadership qualities as President of the ATP Player Council since June 2008.
In this era of men’s professional tennis, where the “trivalry” between Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have won 29 of the past 30 Grand Slams. In that period, since May 2005, Federer has won 13 of his 17 Grand Slam titles from 20 finals. But, after the 2010 Australian Open, when Nadal and Djokovic shared all the honors between themselves, a lot of speculation came up that Federer is now down and would not fight back. But all greats have a way to come back, Federer was no exception.
He has won 75 tour-level titles over 12 consecutive seasons and extended his noteworthy record of 33 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals. Since losing to Djokovic in the 2011 US Open semi-finals, Federer has compiled an staggering 63-6 mark, including his sixth title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November, his 20th Masters 1000 trophy at the Madrid Open in May, along with six other tournaments.
His resilience paid off last week, after equalling Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles, Federer once again became the World No.1. Federer has a poise to his game as he continues to play specific tournaments by keeping his schedule to a minimum and in turn avoids injury. He defied all stats by reclaiming the World No.1 crown at the age of 30( Average age of the Top-10 is around 27 years).
Federer's love for the game is so much that he has indicated an arousal to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to enhance his chances of breaking more records and also solidify his status as the GREATEST OF ALL TIME!
TennisEarth congratulates Federer for his paramount accomplishments and hopes he continues to set more benchmarks in tennis.
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