Federer : chronologic ATP Rankings

These 4 chronologic graphs show the evolution of Federer's weekly ATP Rankings. Our main focus lies on his climb to No. 1, with nevertheless an overview of his complete Top 10 rankings up to December 2010. Dates are indicated by a 13 weeks' interval, but the red line respects the weekly ATP Rankings as found on the official ATP-website and other websites. It might be interesting to keep Federer's birthday in mind : 08-08-1981, or check out our age-based rankings graphs.

Before we look at the graphs, let's start with the usual rankings milestones a player sets on his climb to No. 1:


Milestone Date of 1st entry Rank at 1st entry Exits before next milestone Exit's lowest rank Total weeks exit
Top 100 20-09-1999
Top 50 06-03-2000
Top 20 26-02-2001
Top 10 20-05-2002
Top 5 27-01-2003
Top 3 07-07-2003
No.2 11-08-2003
No. 1 02-02-2004


Career ATP Rankings

The first year, Federer doesn't seem to be making any significant progress :

Before March 1999, he goes from No.878 to No. 129 in 4 jumps, without suffering any major declines. At the end of his 2nd year, Federer reaches Top 100.

More graphs further below for close-ups on the different segments in Federer's career.

Federer career rankings chronologic evolution


Climb to ATP Top 100

After a first year that was mostly a status quo, Federer realises the largest part of this climb in the next half year and 4 jumps:

The last 29 hurdles to Top 100 however take longer, another half year.

Federer climb to Top100 age-based evolution


Top 100 to No. 1 rankings

On the graph below we see Federer suffer 1 short Top 100 exit shortly after his entry. His re-entry immediately launches him to the middle regions (from No. 106 to No.57 in just 1 month) at the end of 1999. Halfway the year 2000, Fed enters Top 40 regions, to reach the outer regions of Top 20 another 8 months later. From May 2001 on, his rankings remain status quo somewhere between Top 20 and Top 10.

Almost 3 years after Federer's first ATP Top 100 entry, he dives into Top 10 for a 10 weeks' stay (at No.8, No.9 and No. 10). Federer suffers 2 early Top 10 exits before diving deeper. After his 2nd Top 10 re-entry, Federer would not lose more than 1 ranking.

A closer look on the evolution of Fed's Top 10 rankings further below.

Federer Top100 to n1 rankings evolution


Top 10 rankings

The graph below shows Federer's quick climb from Top 10 to No. 1: he takes the last 10 hurdles in about 1,5 year. Fed's 2nd return to Top 10 launches him to No.4 in 22 weeks, 42 weeks after his 1st ATP Top 10 entry. A year later, he reaches No. 1 for the 1st time, 90 weeks after his 1st Top 10 entry. Federer would remain No. 1 for 237 weeks, the longest No. 1 streak in the history of tennis. He realised some other great series inside Top 10:

I'm not sure if there are any records here, but Fed has already improved Sampras' Top 3 and Top 5 streaks. He's still 120 weeks behind as to Top 10 rankings though. Sampras collected 565 weeks inside Top 10. Will compare to other players' series soon...

Federer Top10 rankings age-based evolution



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