Thursday, 20 June 2019

Tennis: Roger Federer Reclaims 2nd Place In ATP Rankings

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Roger Federer Ranked Second After Shanghai Victory.

Roger Federer's Shanghai Masters success saw him rise to his highest ranking since May 2013, as he assumed the number two spot.

The Swiss 17-time major winner claimed his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters-level tournament with a straight sets win in the final over France's Gilles Simon on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal slipped to third as a result of Federer's win, and the Spaniard's own failure to surpass the second round, where he was beaten by countryman Feliciano Lopez.

Nadal, a 14-time major champion, was suffering appendicitis in China, and could not defend his points gained 12 months earlier when he reached the semi-finals at the ATP 1000 event.

The only other change to the top 10 was Marin Cilic's rise to eighth, while Canadian Milos Raonic fell to ninth.

The aforementioned Lopez and Simon were the biggest movers into the top 20, semi-finalist Lopez moving up seven spots to 14th, while finalist Simon rose 11 places to 18th.

Another player to climb was Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, the Shanghai quarter-finalist up eight places to 27th.

The biggest falls inside the top 50 were those of inactive players - Juan Martin del Potro dropping 10 spots to 29th and Nicolas Almagro also falling 10 to 43rd.

Argentine Del Potro and Spain's Almagro have been sidelined long-term due to injury.

Japan Tennis Open champion Sam Stosur did not rise from her 18th ranking, after defending her Osaka title.

Other title winners Czech Karolina Pliskova (up three to 27th, and American Alison Riske (up 18 to 44th) benefitted.

Pliskova won the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria, while Riske claimed the Tianjin Open.

In the top 10, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska climbed to sixth, exchanging her seventh ranking with Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.

Article based on multiple sources: giganews.com, usenet.net, facebook, twitter, youtube, wikipedia.

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Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world no. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

He has been ranked inside the top 10 continuously since October 2002 and the top 20 since April 2001.

Numerous commentators, pundits, and former and current players of the sport regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

Federer holds several men's world records of the Open Era: holding the world no. 1 position for 302 weeks overall, including a 237-consecutive-week stretch at the top from 2004 to 2008; winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching each Grand Slam Final at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final nine times.

He is one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era, to capture the career Grand Slam.

Federer also shares the Open Era record for most titles at the Australian Open with Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic (4), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5).

Federer has appeared in 25 men's singles Grand Slam finals, with 10 in a row, both records, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open.

He is the only man to reach at least the semifinals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open.

At the 2014 US Open, he played in a record 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, reached a record 43rd Grand Slam quarter-final and a record 36th Grand Slam semi-final.

Earlier at the 2013 French Open, Federer reached a record 36th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

He has also won the most matches, 279, in men's Grand Slam tournaments and is the only player to record 60+ wins each at all the Grand Slam tournaments (70+ wins at 3/4 slams)

Federer's ATP tournament records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (a record shared with Djokovic and Nadal), and having won the most prize money of any player in history, with over $80,000,000.

He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

He spent eight years (2003–2010) continuously in the top 2 in the year-end men's rankings and ten (2003–2012) in the top 3.

Federer was the first tennis player, male or female, to earn more than 50 million US dollars in prize money.

Federer has won the ATPWorldTour.com Fans' Favourite Award a record eleven times straight (2003–2013) and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by the players) a record nine times (2004–2009, 2011–2013), both being awards indicative of respect and popularity.

He also won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award twice in 2006 and 2013.

He was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years (2005–2008).

Federer is at times referred to as the Federer Express, shortened to Fed Express or FedEx, and the Swiss Maestro, or just Maestro.