Roger Federer Pursues the No. 1 Ranking Again. Why Not?
This Monday, February 19, 2018 Roger Federer will become the oldest player to ever top the world rankings at number one in history at the age of 36 for a female or male. Prior to this the record for the oldest number 1 was Andre Agassi who was 33 when he held the title.
The formal ranking system has been in place for professional tennis players since 1973 and this is quite an extraordinary feat considering the amount of great players that have come and gone since then.
Another record Federer will be credited with is he will also become the first player to reclaim the number one position after being absent from the accolade for more than 5 years. He will surpass the current number one player Rafael Nadal who is 31.
Federer first reached the number 1 spot in 2004 and on Monday will also hold a 3rd unique record of being in the top spot for a now ongoing 302 weeks. The closest active player is Novak Djokovic at 223 weeks in the top spot. Now retired Pete Sampras is far behind in all time 2nd place at 286 weeks.
Federer injected some humor into his new ranking accomplishment with a Tweet referencing some sarcasm in relation to his age saying:
“Apparently I’m the oldest tennis player with a number 1 ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing”
As the circuit goes on in 2018 Federer seems to be showing no signs of slowing, beating leading Dutch player Robin Haase 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at the ABN AMRO World Tournament this past week.