Roger Federer to drop out from ATP ranking list for the first time in 25 years!
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 24249
Struggling with injuries, Roger Federer has played only a couple of tournaments since the start of 2020. The 20-time Major winner has been dealing with a knee injury, undergoing three surgeries within 18 months and losing ground to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Roger is currently ranked 47th thanks to his points from the grass swing three years ago. Federer will lose them in the next couple of weeks and drop from the ATP rankings in July! Roger has been ranked since September 22, 1997, and that streak will come to its end in July after nearly 25 years.
The young Swiss earned a place in the ATP ranking at 16 after scoring 12 points at Switzerland 1 Masters Satellites in Bossonnens.
Roger Federer will lose his ATP ranking points on July 11.
A teenager lost in the qualifying round of the ATP event in Gstaad in July 1997 before entering those Bossonnens events, his first professional tournaments in the main draw.
In four events played on outdoor clay, Roger made two semi-finals and lost them against the 2nd seed Daniele Balducci and the 1st seed Agustin Garizzio. Roger scored eight wins during that month in Bossonnens, finding himself on the verge of the top-800 and finishing the season ranked 704th.
Making significant progress through the ATP ranking list, Roger entered the top-100 two years later and the top-20 in February 2001. The Swiss cracked the top-10 in May 2002 following the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg and missed a chance to conquer the ATP throne in the summer of 2003.
Roger kicked off the 2004 season with the Australian Open title and became world no. 1 and a dominant figure for the next four and a half years. Federer had a great run between 2017 and 2019, claiming Majors and Masters 1000 crowns and finishing 2019 ranked 3rd behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Federer reached the 2020 Australian Open semi-final before announcing a knee surgery. He underwent another in May and skipped the rest of the season, hoping for a fresh start in 2021. Roger played five tournaments in the previous season, reaching the Wimbledon quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era but still struggling with knee issues.
Roger underwent the third surgery last summer and started his recovery, eager to extend his career and make a comeback this fall.