In the week when Denis Shapovalov enters the top 10 for the first time, there is another one-handed backhand to celebrate, and he responds (obviously) to the name of Roger Federer. Twenty-three years ago, on September 22, 1997, Federer earned his first ATP points which allowed him to enter the ranking at position 803.
At the time Federer participated in an ITF satellite tournament, an old way of tournaments that lasted a month and were structured in four stages, in the cities of Noes, Nyon, Biel and Bossonens; thanks to the semifinal reached in the first event, to which he was granted access by a wild card, and the eight overall victories over the four weeks, Federer earned the first 12 points to enter his name in the official rankings.
Roger Federer recently spoke about his break from tennis and how he has enjoyed spending time with his family. The Swiss star also shed light on his life after his illustrious tennis career ends.
Federer on his break from tennis
The Swiss is one of the all-time greats of tennis, but travelling across continents in search of glory has not been easy.
In that context, Roger Federer is happy about his current break from the grind. "For 20 years I was always on the move, constantly on the move. The longest time at home was a maximum of five to six weeks. A break like that is really good.
I can come down and spend a lot of time with my family," Roger Federer said. "When someone is important to you, emotions come into play and the poker face melts like sugar," Federer said. Asked about his life after tennis, Roger Federer remarked that he would settle in Switzerland after he hangs up the racquet - but that that would happen only if his body can no longer go on.
"Switzerland is my absolute favorite country, and I have always known that one day after I end my tennis career I would live here. If the cogs no longer work, then I stop," Federer concluded. Meanwhile, Djokovic secured the 36th Masters title of his career which takes him one clear of Nadal's tally.
The next big record which the Serbian plans to break is at the Grand Slam tournaments. Djokovic has won 17 major tournaments heading into the French Open next week which is two fewer than Nadal and three behind Federer.