Roger Federer's return to the ATP tour could happen sometime next year, but the Swiss Master is always involved in the sport in one way or another. With the fourth edition of the Laver Cup set to begin in a couple of days, Federer spoke about missing the event for the first time and wished them both good luck at the event in Boston.
Both Federer and Nadal will be absent in action at the exhibition event sporting some great talent this year in the form of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Aliassime, etc. While the Swiss star expressed his desire to be fully fit for the fifth edition of the tournament to be held in London, his fans can see a new statistic as they await Federer's return to the court.
The US Open recently published the date Roger Federer made his ATP ranking debut. Initially, the Swiss master was ranked no. 803. On September 22, 1997, Federer made his entry into the men's singles rankings and has never looked back since.
Seven years later, he became number 1 in the world for the first time and stayed on top for a total of 310 weeks in total. Furthermore, this statistic highlighted the fact that the Swiss played multigenerational players. As for the legend that the US Open wrote, it said: "4 decades of the Fed in the ATP rankings."
Although it does not literally mean 40 years, one can identify that Federer has been in the ATP rankings in four different decades (90's, 00's, 10's, 20's).
Roger Federer on the Calendar Grand Slam
Back in 2019 in an interview, even though Roger Federer hailed Novak Djokovic for his incredible achievement, he clearly downgraded him as well.
He stated that holding four majors was no longer a really big accomplishment in the sport. “It could happen more frequently. That’s what we’re seeing. I won three, made the finals of one. Rafa, I think he was also, I’m sure, close many times.
Novak’s now been extremely close and has done it once, now maybe going for another one,” said Federer back then. Federer believes that winning all majors in one go is not a mammoth task in the present days. He highlighted that even he and Rafael Nadal came so close of pulling off the same.
“So it shows that it is more possible today. But the feat, still, regardless if the conditions are easier, is still, and would be, an unbelievable one. So yeah, credit to him,” added the Swiss Maestro.