The 38-year-old Roger Federer was still at the top of his game at the beginning of 2020, starting the season from inside the top-3 after notable results in the previous one. Unlike his main rivals, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev, Roger did not play the inaugural ATP Cup in January, staying on the practice court and kicking off his season with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Steve Johnson in 81 minutes. Roger had the upper hand from start to finish, playing well on serve and return and storming over the opponent for a convincing start and at least one ATP win for the 23rd straight season! Roger also became the first player with 900 weeks in the top-10, extending his own record and adding another milestone to his already impressive tally of records. Making steady progress in his early seasons on the Tour, Roger cracked the top-10 for the first time in May 2002 at 20, following the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg.
Roger Federer became the first player with 900 weeks in the top-10 in 2020.
After minor ups and downs, Federer had found himself in the top-10 again in October that season and stayed there for over 14 years before the knee injury pushed him out from the top-15 for almost three months in 2016. The Swiss made a remarkable comeback in 2017, winning three Major titles between the Australian Open 2017-2018 and cementing his place among the elite to leave his closest rivals Jimmy Connors and Rafael Nadal behind him. Roger has been one of the most consistent players in the past two decades, securing 20 Major titles between 2003-2018 and spending 310 weeks as world no. 1.
The Swiss could deal with much younger rivals until that severe knee injury that halted his progress at the beginning of 2020. Roger has played only six tournaments since the start of the previous season, and he finally left the top-10 group this October after 968 weeks in the elite group. Experiencing three knee surgeries, Federer hopes to make one last push in the second part of 2022, extend his career and end it on his own terms. Federer’s record of the most weeks in the top-10 is safe at the moment, with Rafael Nadal standing second with 844.