Hurkacz, who had defeated him at Wimbledon, reaches the second round of Indian Wells and removes Roger from the top ten in the world
As it was inevitable, at the conclusion of Indian Wells the permanence of king Roger Federer in the top 10 ends. In the destiny of the Swiss champion there is once again Hubert Hurkacz who last July beat him in three sets in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon . Tonight in California the Pole reached the round of 16 by 6-3 6-2 overcoming the American Francis Tiafoe, virtually relegating Federer to the 11th position of the ATP ranking that will be published next Monday at the conclusion of Indian Wells.
An endless career
For the Swiss, therefore, this week is the last of his stay in the top 10 club, week number 968 of an endless career. Federer spent 4 periods in the top 10. The first time he entered it on May 20, 2002 following his first success in a Masters 1000, the one in Hamburg obtained with the final won over Marat Safin 6-1 6 -3 6-4. In that ranking almost 20 years ago in first place was Lleyton Hewitt, in second Marat Safin then Tommy Haas, Andre Agassi, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Tim Henman, Gustavo Kuerten, Roger Federer, Thomas Johansson and Sebastien Grosjean. The Swiss remained in the group for 7 weeks until July 7, 2002 when he replaced the historic quarter-final of Wimbledon 2001 (that of winning the round of 16 in five sets over Pete Sampras) with the scorching elimination on his 2002 debut with Mario Ancic. Then he went back for 3 weeks from July 15 to August 4 before the endless 734-week series that began on October 14, 2002 and ended on November 6, 2016: this is Federer’s second longest series ever after Jimmy’s 789 consecutive weeks. Connors, in the top tops since the beginning of the computer age (23 August 1973 to 2 October 1988). Federer’s last series instead began on January 30, 2017, after the victory at the Australian Open, to end next Sunday (obviously without considering the 22 weeks of frozen ranking from March to August 2020).
With 968 weeks in the top 10, Roger Federer is the most present male tennis player ever. In second place is Rafael Nadal who gallops at an altitude of 838 weeks, but he too seems destined to come out soon (the Spaniard has a delay that can be bridged in over two years). In third place Connors with 818, in fourth Andre Agassi with 747 and in fifth Novak Djokovic with 703. Then follow Ivan Lendl with 671 weeks in the top 10, Pete Sampras with 586, Boris Becker with 576, John McEnroe with 540 and Stefan Edberg with 497. Of the active players Andy Murray is 11th all-time with 494 weeks and Juan Martin Del Potro 21st with 300.
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