Before Wimbledon, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer were still ranked in the Top 50 despite poor results in recent times, entering that group back in 2005 and staying there ever since thanks to consistent results for more than a decade. Roger Federer was the leader of the list of players with the most consecutive weeks in the Top 500, followed by Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.
The Czech had to miss Wimbledon due to a back injury and Ferrer failed to defend the title in Bastad which pushed them out from the Top 50, securing some big changes on the list we mentioned. For the first time, we have the three best players of the new millennium on the leading three spots, with Novak Djokovic joining Federer and Nadal at the top of the list.
Roger is alone at the top, Nadal is the second player with at least 700 consecutive weeks in the Top 50 while Novak stands more than 100 weeks ahead of Marin Cilic in the fourth:
Roger Federer has been ranked in the Top 50 for more than 18 years, entering in June 2000 after reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros and spending the last 945 weeks in that group! Rafael Nadal has cracked the Top 50 for the first time in August 2003 at the age of 17 and he stayed there for almost a year before injuries forced him to miss the spring events in 2004 and to lose some ground in terms of his ranking position. After playing in the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2005, Nadal found himself in the Top 50 again and he stayed there ever since, reaching the Top 10 in April and never leaving the elite group again.
With Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer out of contention, Novak Djokovic is now third on the list, settling into the Top 50 in June 2006 after losing to Nadal in the quarter-final of Roland Garros and only moving higher in the years to come. After spending more than 10 and a half years in the Top 10, Novak was forced to bow out from that group last November but his ranking never dropped below the 22nd place despite all the problems he has had. The Serb is back inside the Top 10 now and he is ready to stay there for a long period of time, completely recovering from the injury and being ready to fight for the throne again after winning his fourth Wimbledon crown two weeks ago.