Roger Federer begins his 16th consecutive week at No. 3 in the world with the release of the latest ATP Singles Rankings, continuing his longest stretch outside of the top two since 2003.
In November 2003, Federer rose to No. 2 for the first time in his career. He went on to remain in the top two until July 2010, when the Swiss dropped to No. 3 for six weeks, before bouncing back up to No. 2, back down to No. 3, and ending the year in the second position.
This year, Federer fell to No. 3 in the world once again at the end of March, where he has stayed since then. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have traded places at No. 1 and No. 2, with the Serb recently claiming the top spot for the first time. The achievement made Djokovic the first man other than Federer or Nadal at No. 1 since 2004, when Andy Roddick held the distinction.
Currently, Djokovic leads with 13,155 points and eight titles to his name this year, including nabbing this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon titles. Nadal sits in second place with 11,270 points, having claimed three titles, including the 2011 French Open title, thus far. At No. 3, Federer possesses 9,530 points and one title after winning in Doha to kick off the year.
Fortunately for Federer, the Swiss remains ahead of world No. 4 Andy Murray by a comfortable margin, as the Scot currently holds 6,855 points and has also earned only one title thus far.
Without question, Djokovic boasts the most impressive record of the year at 48-1, his only loss having been dealt him by Federer in the French Open semifinals. The world No. 2 and world No. 3 have had their own solid performances this year, however, as Nadal is currently at 51-8, and Federer’s record stands at 39-9.