Roger Federer is no longer in the TOP 10 on the planet!

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Roger Federer is no longer in the TOP 10 on the planet!

When he appeared, it seemed that nothing could stop him on the way to the status of the greatest in the history of white sports, and although Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic postponed the end of that controversy for some later times, it seems that Roger Federer has already used up all his trump cards.

For the first time since January 2017, the Swiss ace dropped out of the TOP 10 in the world on the ATP ranking list. It was announced, however, a week ago, when the Pole Hubert Hurkacz won a place in the main draw of Indian Wells, while Roger Federer lost 480 points from last season.

Today it is only official. The legend of world tennis is now 11th on the ranking list. No wonder, the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles in his career underwent his third knee operation in August, 18 months apart. In the last two seasons, he played only 19 matches on the ATP tour, and only the "freezing" of the ATP list kept him at the top all this time.

He won the last Grand Slam in 2018 at the Australian Open, and in the last nine years he has collected only three titles from the four biggest tournaments. This is not so surprising either, but we are talking about a man who entered the TOP 10 for the first time in May 2002.

And he dropped out only in the period from July to October of the same year, and then from November 2016 to January 2017, when he also treated his knee.

20 years of domination

So, almost 20 years of uninterrupted stay in the TOP 10.

And 310 weeks at the head of the same, it was a record until the appearance of Novak Djokovic, who moved the limit to 342 weeks as of this Monday. Djokovic will certainly continue to raise standards. As for Federer, he seems to have played his part.

He has already entered his fifth decade, and his knees are worn out. Maybe it's time. He has 103 titles in singles behind him, respect for the entire tennis world, but let's be realistic - it's not that FedEx. He won his last tournament in his hometown of Basel in October 2019.

There could certainly be some more, probably not exactly a Grand Slam, but does it make sense? By the way, Hurkacz reached the TOP 10 in the world for the first time in his career by overtaking Federer, while the biggest reason for satisfaction is Cameron Norrie, the new British number one, who jumped 11 places after winning Indian Wells in a clash with Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and is now 15.

in the world. And for the first time among the top 20 on the planet. The first is Djokovic, the second is Danil Medvedev, who is increasingly threatening, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berettini, Dominic Thiem, Casper Rudd and Hurkacz.