Roger Federer drops out of top-50 after 22 years!



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Roger Federer drops out of top-50 after 22 years!

After exactly 22 years, Roger Federer dropped out of the top-50 on Monday! The Swiss has not played since the last year's Wimbledon, and he will lose all of his ranking points after the All England Club, where he will not defend the quarter-final.

Roger cracked the top-50 on June 12, 2000, and he left the selected group after spending over two decades in it, mainly in the top tier. Federer entered the 2000 Roland Garros from just outside the top-50, and he found himself in the notable group after reaching the fourth round in Paris.

The Swiss wrapped up the season in the top-30, and the rest is history. Federer remained competitive for two decades, and he finished the 2019 season inside the top-3 after Masters 1000 crown and the Wimbledon final. Still, Roger could not keep the same pace in 2020 after experiencing a knee injury that has ruined his last two and a half years.

Federer underwent three surgeries while playing only six tournaments in the past three seasons.

Roger Federer spent 22 years in the top-50.

Despite all the setbacks, the Swiss is eager to extend his career, and he works hard on his physical shape ahead of a possible comeback at the Laver Cup in September.

Roger underwent two knee surgeries following the 2020 Australian Open semi-final and skipped the rest of the year. He returned in Doha last year and played three matches ahead of Roland Garros, where he advanced into the fourth round.

Happy with his progress, Federer withdrew ahead of the Matteo Berrettini clash to preserve his knee for the beloved grass season. Roger experienced his earliest Halle exit, falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round and hoping for a better run at Wimbledon.

The veteran stopped the clock during his 22nd appearance at the All England Club. An eight-time champion defeated Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego to advance into the quarter-final as the oldest player in the Open era.

Roger met Hubert Hurkacz in the last eight and suffered his worst Wimbledon loss. The Pole beat the Swiss 6-3, 7-6, 6-0, and it was Federer's first bagel at Majors since the 2008 Roland Garros final. Roger underwent the third surgery a few weeks later, and his recovery process is still on.

The 20-time Major champion feels confident about his comeback, which should happen at the Laver Cup in September. Federer spent 1148 consecutive weeks in the top-50, and Rafael Nadal is now the owner of the most extended streak in that group, starting from January 2005.