Federer surpasses 'hero' Sampras and sets new record for weeks as world No 1
09:48 GMT, 16 July 2012
Roger Federer has broken the record for the most weeks at No 1 in the ATP world rankings.
The Swiss ace returned to top spot for the first time since the 2010 French Open after winning Wimbledon last week and, as of Monday, he now boasts 287 weeks in the position, moving one clear of Pete Sampras' previous-best mark.
The 30-year-old Federer, whose success at Wimbledon was his 17th grand slam title and saw him move level with Sampras and William Renshaw as record seven-time winners at the All England club, said: 'It is really an amazing feeling for me to have regained the No 1 ranking on the ATP World Tour.
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1. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 11,075 points.
2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11,000.
3. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 8,905.
4. Andy Murray, Britain, 7,460.
5. David Ferrer, Spain, 5,455.
6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 5,230.
7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,515.
8. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 3,320.
9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,180.
10. Nicolas Almagro, Spain, 2,665.
Most weeks at No 1
Roger Federer – 287.
Pete Sampras – 286.
Ivan Lendl – 270.
Jimmy Connors – 268.
John McEnroe – 170.
'I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly.
'I am extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete's record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.'
Sampras told the ATP's official website: 'Great effort. The hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability.'
Federer is now guaranteed to keep the No 1 spot through the Olympics.
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