Roger Federer to fall out of ATP Rankings list

Roger Federer

For the first time in 25 years, former world number one Roger Federer will drop out of the ATP rankings list at the end of July.

The Swiss legend has been struggling with injuries for a number of years and has played only a handful of tournaments since 2020.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has had a persistent knee injury and has gone under the knife three times in the last 18 months.

He is currently ranked 47th on the rankings thanks to the points he earned during the grasscourt swing three years ago.

However, those will fall away in little more than a month’s time, on July 11.

Federer has been ranked on the ATP list since 22 September 1997, when he earned a place as a 16-year-old following some good results in the Masters Satellites

He entered the top-100 two years later and cracked the top 20 for the first time in February 2001.

It took a little more than 12 months for him to move into the top 10 after winning his first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg in May 2002.

He became world number one for the first time in 2004 after winning the Australian Open title and was a dominant figure on the ATP for the next four years until the emergence of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as genuine contenders.

Great form in later years before injury

Federer had another great run between 2017 and 2019, where he eventually finished the year as world number three behind his two great rivals, having won further Grand Slam and Masters Series crowns.

He reached the 2020 Australian Open semi-final after which he announced he will undergo surgery on his knee.

In May he went under the knife for the first time and missed the rest of the season, hoping to start the 2021 season afresh.

He played five tournaments last year, and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals – the oldest player in the Open era to do so – but continued to suffer with knee problems.

Federer then had his third operation last year and started his recovery, hoping to return to action at some point in 2022.