16th of July 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Roger Federer broke another record on Monday as he began the first ever tennis player to spend a 287th week as world number one. The 30-year-old Swiss icon drew level with Pete Sampras on 286 weeks after defeating Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final. That gave him his 17th Grand Slam title, a record-equalling seventh at Wimbledon and moved him back atop the rankings for the first time since 31 May 2010.
"I'm proud and honoured to beat Pete's record as he was my childhood hero and I've always looked up to him," Federer said. "It is an amazing feeling to have regained the number one ranking. 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."
Pete Sampras didn't spare the compliments when offered the chance to speak about Federer: "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."
Federer, who turns 31 in August, is the second oldest man after USA's Andre Agassi to hold the world number one ranking.
"I'm so happy I'm at the age I am right now, because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible," Roger Federer said. "To enjoy it right now, it's very different than when I was 20 or 25. I'm at a much more stable place in my life. I wouldn't want anything to change. So this is very, very special right now."
He has won five titles this year but his last major title before Wimbledon came at the 2010 Australian Open.
Federer first became world number one in February 2004 and held it until August 2008.
He reclaimed it in July 2009 before being deposed by Rafael Nadal after the 2010 French Open.
Here are his stats:
237 consecutive weeks at number one from 2 February 2004 to the week of 11 August 2008
853-192 win-loss record during his career
75 career titles from 106 finals
17 Grand Slam titles
20 Masters 1000 titles
6 ATP World Tour Finals titles
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