While most players never see the light of day at No. 4, for the great Federer this is uncharted waters. Federer had spent 432 consecutive weeks in the Top 3, which is the equivalent of 8+ years. And in the world of tennis, 8+ years is an eternity.
Here's a break down of Federer's consecutive streak in the Top 3:
- Weeks at No. 1: 285 (237 consecutive, an ATP record).
- Weeks at No. 2: 91
- Weeks at No. 3: 56
1. Novak Djokovic - 13860
2. Rafael Nadal - 10375
3. Andy Murray - 7825
4. Roger Federer - 7530
To be fair, at 30, Federer is still one of the best players in the world but having a #4 before his name is something that tennis fans are just not used to seeing. I know I was blown away when I found out he was no longer in the Top 3. I guess Mr. Federer set the bar TOO HIGH by being so dominant for so long.
But I'll dare say-- something tells me he ain't done just yet.