From Federer’s record of weeks to the Agassi-Sampras rivalry up to the 2000s under the sign of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. ATP Live Rankings.
After the controversy, in these days the Australian Open comes alive. On the courts of Melbourne Park the best tennis players in the world will compete in an edition that will be remembered for the absence of Novak Djokovic, for TOT weeks number 1 in the ATP ranking. But who have been the other tennis players who have occupied the position of honor in this ranking in the last thirty years? This new video made by Statistics and Data (usable through integration on your site – link at the end of the press release) tells us: month by month here is the evolution of the top 10 ATP players from January 1, 1990 to January 10, 2022.
In the last years a domain to 3: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic
From Sampras, Agassi and Hewitt to Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Since 1990 dozens of champions have alternated at the top of the ATP Ranking.
In the early nineties, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker exchanged positions several times. After a phase lived on the rivalry between Jim Courier and Edberg, it was the great fight between Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras that excited fans and fans. From 1996 to 1998, the American Sampras remained in first position for 102 weeks: a domination interrupted by Marcelo Rios in March 1998.
As the years went by, many tennis players climbed the rankings, including Patrick Rafter who held the top spot for only one week during the year.
The ATP ranking in the 2000s is marked by three names that have monopolized the scene: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. From 2004 onwards, only these three champions have alternated in the first position, with the sole exclusion of 41 weeks in which Andy Murray rose to number 1.
Federer held on to the top spot from 2004 to 2008 for 237 weeks: he was ousted by Nadal on August 18, 2008, who then remained in first place for 46 weeks. 2011 was Djokovic’s year. The Serbian occupied the first position for 53 weeks.
Roger Federer’s record: first place for 237 consecutive weeks
Among the many records of Roger Federer, one of the most important is the number of consecutive weeks he has been ranked number one in the ATP world ranking. With a total of 237 weeks, between February 2, 2004 and August 17, 2008, the Swiss player is the player who has kept the record for the longest time. In second place there is the American Jimmy Connors with 160 consecutive weeks and in third position Ivan Lendl with 157 weeks. In fourth position is Djokovic who, between 2014 and 2016, managed to stay at the top for 122 consecutive weeks. Also Djokovic has maintained the top of the rankings for 81 consecutive weeks, from February 3, 2020 to the present. However, the loss of points at the Australian Open (2000) and the possible exclusion from other tournaments put Djokovic’s positive streak at risk this year.
ATP Live Ranking – 21 January 2022
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