After nearly 970 weeks, Roger Federer will drop out of the top 10 on Monday, with Hubert Hurkacz replacing the 20-time Major winner in the exclusive group. In August, Roger became the second 40-year-old in the top 10 after Ken Rosewall, and will now be leaving the group.
Thanks to his 2019 points, last year's Australian Open and recently wrapped up Wimbledon, Roger managed to stay in the top 10 until October. Federer returned to the top 10 after winning the Australian Open in 2017 and remained in the exclusive group for four years and nine months before retiring for only the second time in the past 19 years.
Two seasons ago, Roger was still among the best players in the world behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, winning the Masters 1000 title in Rome and squandering two match points against Novak in that epic Wimbledon final.
At the start of the previous season, the Swiss reached the Australian Open semi-final before announcing knee surgery. Roger needed another one in May, and he started all over again in October, doing his best to recover and extend his career.
After 13 months, Federer returned to action in Doha this March, beating Daniel Evans and wasting a match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters.
Leonardo Mayer on Roger Federer
World No.1 Novak Djokovic brought the GOAT debate to a whole new level after winning the Wimbledon Championships 2021.
He is now tied with his arch-rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, in the Grand Slam tally and it will be intriguing to see who manages to end with more majors now. In an exclusive interview with ESPN, former World No.21 Leonardo Mayer opened up about the GOAT debate.
After praising Djokovic and Nadal, he picked Roger Federer as the greatest player of all time in the history of the sport. “They are so great and very champions that for 15 years, they have not let another win,” said the Argentine player in the interview.
(Translated via Google Translate) Interestingly, in the last decade, the Big Three have won more than 90% of the Grand Slam titles. Fans rarely see this type of domination by three individuals in any other sport. It is no secret that Federer has earned money in truckloads in recent years despite his time on the court reducing drastically due to injuries.
Simply put, Federer's off-court business decisions have paid off handsomely, putting him within touching distance of some of the wealthiest individuals on the planet.