Roger Federer is arguably one of the greatest
athletes in sports history. In fact, we might be here all day if we decided
to give you a play-by-play of his record-breaking resume. So today we’re going to focus on just one
of his myriad accomplishments: three HUNDRED weeks at number one. Roger Federer and his ponytail assumed the
world number one position for the first time on February 2nd, 2004. He went on to hold that number one ranking
for a record 237 straight weeks, and for those of you whipping out your calculators, that’s
over four-and-a-half years at the top. Rafael Nadal snatched the number one ranking
from Federer in August of 2008, but the Swiss Maestro regained the top spot for another
48 weeks from July of 2009 to June of 2010. At 285 weeks total, he was just one week shy
of Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks at number one. And that’s where many people thought he
would stay. Then came the summer of 2012. Not only did Federer win his record 17th grand
slam, but he also regained the top ranking, tying, then breaking Sampras’s record. Though Novak Djokovic is currently hot on
his heels, Federer has now held the number one ranking for 300 weeks. That’s nearly 6 years. To give you a little perspective, consider
that John Isner and Nicolas Mahut could have played their 11 hour Wimbledon match nearly
45 hundred times in 300 weeks Roger has been at the top. You could also watch nearly 33 thousand 700
soccer games, travel to the moon 702 times and, if you were Christopher Columbus sailing
on the Santa Maria, you could have crossed the Atlantic around 31 times! Roger Federer has held that top spot for 50,544
hours. And here’s to 50,000 more!

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Dennis Veasley

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