Roger Federer conquered the ATP throne for the first time on February 2, 2004, after winning the title at the Australian Open. In the next four and a half years, the Swiss was in the league of his own, dominating over men's tennis like no one before him and leaving all the rivals far behind, including the strongest challenger Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard became Federer's chief rival already in 2005 after winning Roland Garros and four Masters 1000 titles, although he was unable to steal the torch from Roger until August 2008 when he finally dethroned the Swiss to start his reign as world no.
1. Before that finally happened, Roger had been the dominant figure on every court outside clay, picking his calendar carefully and keeping his form on a high level throughout the season. Between 2004-06, Federer lost just 15 matches in total (seven on clay), producing incredible consistency that kept him safe on the ATP throne, increasing the number of weeks spent at the top and chasing the legends with the longest reigns as the world no.
1 since the start of the ranking in 1973. The time was passing by and Roger embraced his 161st week as world no. 1 on February 26, 2007, setting another massive milestone in his already illustrious career that included seven Major crowns.
One thousand one hundred twenty-one days after he sat on the ATP throne for the first time and 33 ATP titles he claimed in between, Roger passed Jimmy Connors' record for the most consecutive weeks at the highest spot in the rankings, setting the new record almost three decades after the previous one!
Like with many other achievements set by the most prominent players in the past, Roger left Jimmy's numbers in the dust after he counted to 237 consecutive weeks as world no. 1, setting the milestone that will be hard to beat by anyone in the future.
Jimmy Connors is the five-time year-end no. 1 player who spent those 160 consecutive weeks on the throne between July 1974 and August 1977, losing it to Bjorn Born for a single week that summer. Just seven days after stepping down from the leading position, Jimmy was back there to embrace another streak of 84 straight weeks as world no.
1, which means he would have still been the record-holder if Borg hadn't passed him for that one week. Sixteen years after he became the world's leading player, Roger Federer is still among the strongest competitors in men's tennis at the age of 38, breaking the age-record barriers and standing as by far the oldest world no.
1 after a great run in 2017-18. The Swiss had been ranked 3rd until this week, undergoing knee surgery and skipping Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros, hoping to get ready for June and his beloved events on grass in Halle and Wimbledon.