TENNIS — 16 July 2012

Roger Federer has broken the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 of the rankings; surpassing Pete Sampras to set the record in the ATP rankings.

The win at Wimbledon a week ago put him to the top for the first time since June 2010 and was his 287th week at No. 1, one more than Sampras.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion says he’s “extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete’s record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.”

Roger Federer will enter the 2012 London Olympics next week  for  Switzerland as the world’s top-ranked player.

Sampras says “the hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability.”

 

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