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161 weeks: competing with history

26.02.2007 | Tennis

Dear fans


I have been holding the world No.1 ATP-ranking since February 2nd, 2004. That makes 161 consecutive weeks today – a new record! It was never really one of my goals to achieve this specific record. I had reached my goal in 2004, when I took over the lead in the world ranking. I remember the moment as though being set free somehow; I then suddenly started playing a lot better and gaining more confidence. All these changes have allowed me to stay at the top for this long. So it is rather surprising to me to beat Jimmy Connors’ 30-year-old record today.


161 weeks is a long time and being able to lead this statistic from now on is a terrific feeling. As you can imagine it has taken a lot to come this far. First of all, I would like to mention my love for tennis. I love this sport; it is classy with a great competitive flair to it. I have put a lot of dedication and motivation into every single match I played over these past years. Furthermore, it took a large amount of hard work, a positive attitude and also the luck to always have been supported by such a great team. Of course experience as well as good health are key factors, too. It is vital to follow the signals of the body and plan accordingly: how intensely can I exercise, how much time do I need to plan for regeneration, how many and which tournaments should I play…? And then, last but not least, I would like to mention you fans. You play an important role in my career and in my life in general. Without you, I probably would never have won as many matches as I did. Thank you so much for all your support!


I am profoundly proud of not only being able to compete with my opponents today – but also with history. I am looking forward to many more unforgettable tennis-moments together with you all.


Yours, Roger



The stats

Consecutive weeks at number one

1. Roger Federer (SUI): 161 (between February 2004 and February 2007)

2. Jimmy Connors (USA): 160 (between July 1974 and August 1977)

3. Ivan Lendl (TCH/USA): 157 (between September 1985 and September 1988)

4. Pete Sampras (USA): 102 (between April 1996 and March 1998)

5. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS): 75 (between November 2001 and April 2003)


Total weeks at number one

1. Pete Sampras (USA): 286

2. Ivan Lendl (TCH/USA): 270

3. Jimmy Connors (USA): 268

4. John McEnroe (USA): 170

5. Roger Federer (SUI): 161

6. Björn Borg (SUE): 109

7. Andre Agassi (USA): 101

8. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS): 80

9. Stefan Edberg (SUE): 72

10. Jim Courier (USA): 58


Years ended at number one

1. Pete Sampras (USA): 6 years in series (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)

2. Jimmy Connors (USA): 5 years in series (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)

3. John McEnroe (USA): 4 years in series (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)

3. Ivan Lendl (TCH/USA): 4 years (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989)

5. Roger Federer (SUI): 3 years in series (2004, 2005, 2006)


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05/21/2007 | 01:25 AM
Roger!!! you are the best in thw world!!!
03/07/2007 | 10:26 AM
Roger, congratulations on all your hard work, you've truly earned this!
And thank YOU for forever writing to us. The way you care for your fans is just amazing! You mean a lot to us too.

*Sarah* :)
03/02/2007 | 05:26 AM
Hey Champ,

don't know anymore what to say - but, please keep on going until you can say "been there, done that" . . . not now though, you are still hot. What an amazing feat!
We are so proud of you!!!!

03/02/2007 | 02:57 AM

Congratulations! You are my most favorite player. I am so happy for you!
03/01/2007 | 09:54 PM
Congratulations! Such a great stats.

This is the result of your hard work and perseverance and we are so happy 'bout that.

Really, it's been pleasure to watch you over the years and see how you improve yourself. Keep playing the way you been playin
03/01/2007 | 05:19 PM
Congratulations Roger. It was a great day at dubai open when you were awarded before your first match starts by the ATP for having this record and had a big blue color cake of No.1. We are proud to be with you at this historical moment.I'm sure this will
03/01/2007 | 04:38 PM
Sincerely, I can´t believe what I'm seeing! Are you really human Roger? You're outside this world. Who can be against you? Nadal? Who is that young gun? The greatest looser of all times.
03/01/2007 | 04:25 PM
Congratulations once more Master Roger!
I can only wish you the best for many more years...
Despite all the the records, i will always remember you as a great human-being. THANK YOU
03/01/2007 | 04:02 PM
Congratolations Roger
nice picture
03/01/2007 | 10:18 AM
Dearest Roger,

CONGRATULATIONS on achieving such an amazing milestone!!! We are all SO PROUD of you and everything that you have achieved, and we all hope that you will be able to keep this record for a very long time, if not forever.

It is your lo
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