For the first time in 25 years, Roger Federer has dropped out of the rankings in the ATP Tour. Federer was ranked No.1 worldwide by the Association of Tennis Professionals, also referred to as ATP Tour, consecutively for 237 weeks and a total of 310 weeks. He has finished the year-end as No.1 five times and won 103 ATP singles titles, 20 Grand Slam titles and eight singles Wimbledon titles. To wager on current matches, go to TopBettinApps, for the most reliable sportsbooks.
He has dominated men’s tennis together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all of whom are considered to be the greatest players of all time and often referred to as the Big Three. Federer won his first singles title at Wimbledon at age 21 in 2003. He won the ATP finals and four major singles titles in 2004, a feat he was able to repeat in 2006 and also in 2007. In the years following, during the period between 2005 and 2010, Federer consecutively won five titles at the US Open and Wimbledon. At the young age of 27, he broke the record for 14 men’s singles titles, previously held by Pete Sampras, at Wimbledon in 2009. After three runner-up finishes to Nadal, who was his main rival at the time, he completed a career Grand Slam during the French Open in 2009.
Even though he remained one of the top 3 in the early 2010s, his rivals Nadal and Djokovic ended his dominant position with their successes on hard and grass courts. From mid-2010 until the end of 2016, he only managed to win one major title. With doubles partner Stan Wawrinka, the pair won gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and their first title at the Davis Cup in Switzerland in 2014.
During the 2016 Australian Open semi-finals, Federer lost to eventual champion Djokovic after only four sets. The following day he sustained a serious knee injury, which resulted in arthroscopic surgery on the torn meniscus that he had injured. Federer took a 6-month break to recover from the surgery and returned strong in 2017, winning the Australian Open and two more major titles over the next two years. Then at age 36 in 2018, he became the oldest No.1 in history.
Federer is a versatile all-court player, and his effortless style has made him extremely popular among tennis fans worldwide. He has transformed from junior lacking self-control to becoming well known for his graciousness as a player, for which he has won 13 Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Awards. He has also won a record five Laureus Wolrd Sportsman of the Year awards. Having appeared in the singles rankings every week since 1997, when he made his debut at age 16, he has held the record for being No.1 until Djokovic recently broke his record.
In 2020 Federer lost the semi-final match of the Australian Open to Djokovic due to a groin injury sustained earlier in the tournament. Due to knee surgery, he withdrew from the French Open and tournaments in Dubai, Miami and Indian Wells. In June 2020, he announced that he would officially end his season to take the necessary time to recover from his knee surgeries and vowing to return in 2021. This was only the second year in his illustrious career that he finished a season without a title.
2021 did not start well for the legend, as injury complications forced him to withdraw from the Australian Open. In March 2021, he lost his ranking as No.1 player to Novak Djokovic. He bounced back during the Qatar Open and won his first match in 14 months against Dan Evans, but then lost to Nikolaz Basilashvili during the quarterfinals.
Federer has not been actively playing since July 2021. The ATP rankings are based on player results over a 52-week period, but he has not competed since the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2021 and has slid from 97th place to having zero points currently.
The veteran has missed seven out of the last nine Grand Slams, plagued by his persistent injuries. Having spent the previous year mostly off the court and with his family, the legend has recently hinted that his illustrious career might be coming to an end.