Roger Federer has not played since Miami and we should not see him back on the court until June, but his legacy is growing bigger with every week he is spending near the top of the ATP rankings (Roger is currently ranked 2nd, just 100 points behind Rafael Nadal).
A few weeks ago, Roger became only the second player since the start of the ATP rankings (1973) who has spent 900 weeks in the Top 25 after Andre Agassi, and he is now ready to leave Andre behind him as the only player who has been ranked inside the Top 25 for 900 consecutive weeks! Jimmy Connors is closest to these two players in this segment but he failed to reach 900 weeks in the Top 25 despite his huge longevity, while John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl stayed below 800-week mark.
Rafael Nadal should reach the 700-week mark in less than five months and it would be interesting for how long the Spaniard could hang in there and if he is capable of catching Agassi and Federer. Back in February 2001, Roger entered the Top 25 (he was there for a few weeks back in November 2000) after winning his maiden ATP title in Milan and he never dropped from that group again, staying inside the Top 25 for the mind-blowing 899 weeks! Federer needed another 15 months to hit the Top 10 and he lingered in the elite group for more than 14 years, setting some ranking records that are hard to be beaten in the years to come.
As we already said, the 20-time Grand Slam champion would celebrate his 900th consecutive week inside the Top 25 next Monday and he is certainly capable of extended that amazing streak to a magical number of 1000 if he decided to stay on the Tour until 2020, which is very likely to happen considering his determination and passion for our sport.