Federer sets new record for most weeks on ATP No. 1

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer set a new record for the most weeks at No. 1 position in the ATP rankings, surpassing Pete Sampras' 286 weeks mark.

After winning Wimbledon a week ago, Federer returned to the top for the first time since June 2010 and his 287th week at No. 1.

Federer, who first reached the No. 1 ranking on Monday 2 February 2004, has now held the top spot in the rankings for a record 287 weeks, and is assured of keeping the No. 1 ranking through to the Olympic Games in London.

The Swiss, who now counts a record 17 Grand Slams titles to his name, said: "It is really an amazing feeling for me to have regained the No. 1 ranking on the ATP World Tour. I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly. I am extremely proud and honoured to have beaten Pete's record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him."

Sampras, whose record was finally eclipsed by the Swiss, said: "Great effort. 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."

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: "Roger’s amazing results over the past 12 months have been a privilege for everyone in tennis to watch. Regaining the No.1 position and setting a new benchmark for the greatest number weeks at the top of the South African Airways ATP Rankings is an accomplishment that will rate as highly as any of Roger’s long list of records. His sublime talent and dedication have kept him near or at the very top of the game for the past decade, a truly remarkable feat. We are extremely fortunate to have one of the great athletes of all time representing our sport today."

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