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Roger Federer becomes world No. 1 for the first time

The future of tennis looked very bright at the start of the new millennium, with players like Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Andy Roddick and Roger Federer challenging “old school” masters Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi .

Safin won the US Open crown at age 20 and Hewitt became the youngest world No.1 in history at the same age, leaving Roger Federer to burst onto the scene and make a name for himself.

The super talented Swiss’s progress has been a bit slower but stable at the same time, improving both his game and his ranking position every month and starting to fight for notable titles.

Roger won his first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg in 2002 to enter the top 10 the next day, never leaving this group between October 2002 and November 2016! Federer had a decisive season in 2003 after winning seven titles, including his first Major at Wimbledon and the Masters Cup, placing second behind Andy Roddick in 2004.

The gap between the two youngsters was not that big and they were already fighting for first place at the Australian Open. Marat Safin messed up the American’s plans, leaving Roger to claim the ATP throne after the semi-final victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Moreover, the Swiss went all out to win his first Australian Open title after beating Safin in the final, earning two important honors in one day.

Roger Federer, world number 1

Roger Federer rose to world number one after winning the Australian Open title in 2004.

On February 2, 2004, Federer became the Tour’s dominant figure for the next four and a half years, standing at the top of the men’s tennis world with only one serious rival who would manage to dethrone him in the summer of 2008.

With those 1000 points from Melbourne, Roger was firmly ahead of Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick, forcing the gap on the closest opponents even though he still struggled to find consistency at the Masters 1000 level.

Roger played 95 games in 2003 and reduced the number to 80 in 2004, winning 11 titles (including three Masters 1000) from 17 tournaments and raising the bar too high for his colleagues. Relieved after earning that first place in the world as the 23rd player since 1973, Roger has transformed himself into a machine always ready to give his best on the court, choosing his schedule carefully and staying miles ahead of all opponents.

The Swiss were the player to beat for 237 straight weeks before the summer of 2008 when Nadal dethroned him, improving his game off clay to match Roger’s performance.

More than 14 years after becoming the world’s best player, Federer repeated that in 2018 at age 36, fighting for the throne with Rafael Nadal like over ten years ago and securing age records that will take some time. time.

At 39, Roger Federer is still eager to give his best, targeting Doha in March as a point of return after a knee injury and two surgeries in the season behind us.

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