Roger Federer made the first significant steps on the professional Tour in 1998, reaching the quarter-final at the ATP tournament in Toulouse to crack the top-400 at 17. With notable results on the Satellite Tour, Roger finished the season just outside the top-300, with plenty more to come in 1999 when he grabbed 13 ATP wins and a Challenger title in Brest, becoming the force to be reckoned with on the Tour.
The super talented Swiss found a way to enter the top-30 in 2000 after 36 triumphs on the main level and two ATP finals, boosting confidence and feeling ready to make that final push and hit the top-10 charts at some point in 2001.
Federer claimed 49 victories that season and found himself in the top-15 in June before missing all the action between Gstaad and the US Open due to a groin injury, unable to earn more points and continue his progress. Nonetheless, Federer was closing the gap in the first half of 2002, losing the Miami Open final to Andre Agassi and conquering the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg, earning 500 points and making a top-10 debut on May 20, still at 20.
After early exits in Monte Carlo and Rome, the Swiss played on a high level in Hamburg, ousting Gustavo Kuerten in the quarter-final and toppling his good friend Max Mirnyi to secure the place in the title match against Marat Safin.
Roger grabbed a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 victory in just over two hours to take home those 500 points and find himself in the elite group for the first time after spending almost a year between positions 11 and 15!
Roger Federer earned a place in the top-10 on May 20, 2002, still at 20.
As we all know, the rest is history, as the Swiss clinched numerous ranking records and spent almost 950 weeks in the top-10!
After winning the Vienna title in October 2001, Federer returned inside the top-10 and stayed there for 14 straight years or 734 weeks, dropping out following a knee injury in 2016! Twelve weeks later, Roger was among the best players again.
Federer won the Australian Open crown in January 2017 and has remained in the elite ever since, despite being one of the oldest players in the ATP ranking. A couple of months before his 40th birthday, Federer is still ranked in the exclusive group, keeping his 2019 points due to the coronavirus and slowly picking up his pace after spending 13 months away from the court due to a knee injury.
Roger underwent two surgeries in February and May last year, working hard on a comeback and returning to action two months ago in Doha. The Swiss will compete at Roland Garros, Halle and Wimbledon in the upcoming two months, eager to extend his career and fight for notable titles again.