'The time Roger Federer spends there will help him in...', says former star

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'The time Roger Federer spends there will help him in...', says former star

Another tennis week arrived and another milestone achieved for Roger Federer. In a long career, the Swiss master has proven his longevity with several high-profile records and milestones. He recently achieved an important one, highlighting his place in the rankings and how he has maintained it.

With the arrival of the new ATP week, Federer has completed 1,100 weeks within the top 100 of the rankings. The Swiss master is sixth in the world at the moment and will further extend his record. He has the most weeks in the top 100 by a mile.

The second best is the great American Andre Agassi, who was in the top 10 for 1,019 weeks. And the next active player on the list is Feliciano López, with 946 weeks. Federer's biggest rival, Rafael Nadal, is far behind at 913 weeks.

Federer has been in the top 100 since late 1999. In the last 21 years, Federer has never broken out of the top 100 and his lowest ranking is 93. Furthermore, Federer has been in the top 50 since June 2000. Since Federer broke the top 100, he has won 103 titles from the which 20 are Grand Slam titles.

Additionally, he has played 157 singles finals in his career. He entered the top 100 as a teenager and is now still in the top 100 despite turning 40 this year. And he has an Olympic gold and silver to crown it all. 2020 seemed like the year Federer would break out of the top 100.

Federer underwent two knee surgeries in 2020, ending his season. He played only one tournament throughout the year, but Federer not only stayed in the top 100, he also stayed in the top 10. According to former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, even though Federer wouldn't want to lose all of his records, he is unlikely to try and protect them if that comes at the cost of his health.

Bartoli on Roger Federer's decision to play the clay season

Marion Bartoli claimed Roger Federer has 'achieved enough', and that he will not put his body under undue duress to chase the Grand Slam record. "He already got beaten in the No.

1 weeks by Djokovic and I don't think he wants to lose all his records," Bartoli said. "But I don't think he wants to put his body on the line just for one record. He has achieved enough." The Frenchwoman sounded confident that the Swiss’s decision to play the clay season would reap dividends, as the demanding nature of the surface can help bring Federer back to shape.

"Roger almost never took a bad decision in his career," Bartoli said. "Living here in Dubai, I know, it's really hot, so if he's able to practise outside for a month, he's going to get really fit.

Clay is not about the matches, it's about the fitness to play long matches. I think for him, clay will be the perfect way for him to get those muscles back working. The time he spends there will help him in match situations."