On October 15th, 2012, Roger Federer reached a record 300 weeks as ATP’s #1 player
Given the number of ATP points he has to defend at the end of the season, the Swiss maestro will most likely be overtaken by Djokovic at the #1 spot in the near future. However, displaying the hunger and drive he has shown throughout his glittering career of 15 years, Roger Federer has reiterated that he will do everything he can to hold on to that spot till the end of the year. On reaching this milestone Roger said,
“It’s a great reward for me, I feel a great sense of satisfaction because of that incredible number and because of all the effort I’ve put into it. I know how much work it has been. It’s not easy to stay at the top for so long and handle all the obligations that go with just playing tennis.”
Current world #4 Rafael Nadal, the man who took the #1 spot from Federer in 2008 and again in 2010, led the well wishers with this tweet: “Congrats to Roger for his 300 weeks at first position!”
Tennis legend Pete Sampras told the ATP, “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.”
Federer’s fellow peers who complete the quartet of the top ATP players also chimed in. World #2 Djokovic said of his rival this past week: “It’s [an] 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 favourite at any tournament he plays in.”
World No. 3 Andy Murray added of Federer: “It’s his consistency that’s been the most impressive thing I hope when I’m 31 [that] I still have a lot of desire and [I am] 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 ten years. That’s very impressive in a sport as physical as this one to have done that.”
For me as a fan, I am just happy and feel blessed to have been able to witness these 300 weeks of passion, talent, drive, sportsmanship, fair play, focus, integrity, commitment, consistency and artistry that Roger Federer has brought to tennis and to our lives. Not much else to say except thank you Roger, for all that you have given the fans and the sport, both on and off the court and wishing you even more success in the future.
Congratulations Roger! The best of the best!