Roger Federer is spending his 859th week in the top-5, 18 years after cracking the elite group for the first time! The Swiss will return to the court at the next week's ATP 250 event in Doha as world no. 6, losing one position to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will enter the top-5 again on Monday.
Tsitsipas earned a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Karen Khachanov in the Rotterdam quarter-final in two hours and 42 minutes and grabbed enough points to send Roger out from the top-5 for the first time since March 2019. Tsitsipas trailed 3-1 in the decider before erasing the deficit and settling into a nice rhythm that secured a late break for him and the semi-final spot.
The Greek has been ranked 6th since November and will now pass Roger on Monday and compete in Marseille as the top-5 player. Federer hasn't played since the last year's Australian Open and has stayed ranked so high due to new ATP ranking rules following the coronavirus outbreak.
Roger Federer will drop out from the top-5 on Monday, replaced by Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Thanks to his 2019 points and the 2020 Melbourne semi-final, Roger spent the entire pandemic period in the top-5, keeping his ranking high ahead of the much-awaited next week's Doha return.
The Swiss star kicked off an incredible top-5 streak that started in February 2003, staying in the elite group until August 2013. The Swiss was back in the mentioned group in March 2014 for another strong streak that kept him inside the top-5 until August 2016.
Struggling with a knee injury in the second part of 2016, Roger returned stronger at the beginning of 2017, becoming a Major champion for the first time since 2012 and conquering Indian Wells and Miami to secure another top-5 run.
After failing to defend the Australian Open title in 2019, Roger had to spend five weeks outside the exclusive group before that all changed at the beginning of March following the 100th ATP title in Dubai. Federer will compete in Doha next week as world no.
6, facing Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov en route to the title. At 39 years and six months, Roger is the second-oldest top-5 player since 1973 after Ken Rosewall.