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Federer’s No. 1 Reign Now 7th Longest in History

17.08.2005 | Tennis

Roger Federer became the seventh-longest reigning World No.1 in ATP Rankings history (since 1973), surpassing the 80 weeks that Lleyton Hewitt spent atop the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking on August 15th, 2005. Hewitt held the ATP circuit’s top spot for all but two weeks from November 2001 through June 2003.


Federer, who rose to No. 1 on February 2, 2004, today begins his 81st week at No. 1 the same day he returns to the ATP circuit for the first time since his Wimbledon triumph in July. He plays James Blake tonight in the featured evening match at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, broadcast on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. E.D.T.


Federer, who earlier this year also passed the number of weeks at No. 1 held by Stefan Edberg (72) and Jim Courier (58), now targets Andre Agassi (101 weeks) and Bjorn Borg (109 weeks), who are sixth and fifth respectively on the No. 1 leaders list (see chart below).


However, while Federer remains the leader of the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race, his once-commanding lead has been cut to 73 points after Rafael Nadal won the Rogers Masters title in Montreal on Sunday. The winner in Cincinnati earns 100 points; the US Open champion, the next tournament the two will play, reaps 200 points.


Federer and Nadal have been the standout players of the 2005 season and are the only confirmed qualifiers for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai. Both players have won three ATP Masters Series titles (the two are the only winners of ATP Masters Series tournaments this year) and one Grand Slam title.


Federer today also moves into sixth position for the most consecutive weeks as No. 1 in the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking, surpassing the 80-week streak of Ivan Lendl (who also set a separate 157-week streak).  Federer has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2004 Australian Open. If Federer holds No. 1 through the US Open, he will notch 85 consecutive weeks at No. 1 – the fourth longest unbroken reign as No. 1 in history.





Player, Tot. Wks.


Pete Sampras (USA), 286

Ivan Lendl (CZE), 270

Jimmy Connors (USA), 268

John McEnroe (USA), 170

Bjorn Borg(SWE), 109

Andre Agassi (USA), 101

Roger Federer (SUI), 81

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS), 80

Stefan Edberg (SWE), 72

Jim Courier (USA), 58

Gustavo Kuerten (BRA), 43






Player, Wks., Streak Began          


Jimmy Connors, 160, Jul. 29, 1974

Ivan Lendl, 157, Sep. 9, 1985

Pete Sampras, 102, Apr. 15 1996

Jimmy Connors, 84, Aug. 30, 1977

Pete Sampras, 82, Sep. 13, 1993

Roger Federer, 81, Feb. 2, 2004

Ivan Lendl, 80, Jan. 30, 1989

Lleyton Hewitt, 75, Nov. 19, 2001

John McEnroe, 58, Aug. 3, 1981

John McEnroe, 53, Aug. 13, 1984

Andre Agassi, 52, Sep. 13, 1999

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08/18/2005 | 05:21 PM
Congratulations, I know you will continue to re-write tennis records . You're a cut above the rest.
08/18/2005 | 04:51 PM
You are one of the greatest player I've known,Roger.
08/18/2005 | 12:01 PM
Congratulations Roger - may your reign continue for a very long time. As far as I'm concerned you'll always be number one.
Siggi (Australia)
08/18/2005 | 09:59 AM
Oh Rogi!! This is so nice but i would like you to be on top of this list too!!! This can be done by playing the best tennis you have ever played because people who are behind you are a long distance behind, if you keep on moving froward, no cance for
08/18/2005 | 05:51 AM
That's great!

And now, that fabulous player and woman is nr 1, too... Maria Sharapova!

You know what would be great...?

If Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer fell in love, and made a couple... both nr one in tennis! It would be perfect! (And so cu
08/18/2005 | 05:10 AM
Nice going Roger - that's excellent. All day long I've been thinking who's running the Fed. Express train and who's going along for the ride and it's me all the way to the finish line, so Roger - let's make fast track full steam ahead!!!

The only plac
08/18/2005 | 04:31 AM
hey roger,
wow this is great news..no matter what though we'll always think of you as our number 1 champion..I want to wish you the best for Cincinnati and upcomig tournaments!!!..take care of yourself
08/18/2005 | 04:09 AM
Roger....... congratulations!!! Well!...... I don't know how well many of these past greats played,.... but,.... what i know is that - U r a great player........ the best player i've ever seen playing....u beautify tennis......many people win matches....
08/18/2005 | 01:25 AM

you always the first, you are the best, come on, this year, you are the No. 1, too. ok,good luck!.kisses.
08/18/2005 | 01:05 AM
Thank you Roger for the magic you continually produce and the inspiration it ignites in all of us.
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