Federer Stokes Battle For No. 1The battle for No. 1 is now red hot. With his record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday, Roger Federer greatly improved his chances of returning to World No. 1 later this year after celebrating his fifth tour-level title of the season at SW19.
On Monday, when the new Emirates ATP Rankings are released, Federer will climb to No. 3, the first time he’s been inside the Top 3 in almost 11 months. The Swiss slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 on 22 August last year and, after missing the remainder of the season after last year’s Wimbledon, slipped to as low as No. 17 before winning the Australian Open in January.
Looking ahead, however, it’s likely Federer will rise even higher. Federer will be within 920 points of No. 2 Rafael Nadal and 1,205 points of current World No. 1 Andy Murray on Monday. Federer has no points to defend for the remainder of the season, while Nadal has 370 points and Murray has a whopping 5,460 points to defend following his incredible run at the end of the 2016 season.
Federer holds the record for most weeks (302) spent at No. 1. He was last No. 1 during the first week of November, 2012. Marin Cilic, who reached his first Wimbledon final, will remain at No. 6, a career high for the Croatian.
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