20 years ago Roger Federer took over, for the first time, the world’s N1

20 years ago Roger Federer took over, for the first time, the world’s N1
20 years ago Roger Federer took over, for the first time, the world’s N1
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By Ariane Ferreira – Exactly 20 years ago, Swiss Roger Federer assumed the position of number 1 in the world for the first time in his career. The achievement came after an upset against Spaniard Feliciano López, then 32nd in the ATP, in the final of the Dubai ATP.

Federer opened the 2004 season as runner-up in the ATP and in his first tournament of the year, the Australian Open, he was champion with a campaign from the quarters to the final with victories over Australian Lleyton Hewitt (11th), Argentine David Nalbandian ( 8th), the Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero (3rd) and the Russian Marat Safin, three of whom were former number 1s and were among the 11 best in the world.

From Melbourne, Federer played and won both Davis Cup duels against Romania, reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam and went on to Dubai. There, he beat Safin, Spaniard Tommy Robredo (30th), Romanian Andrei Pavel (53rd), Finn Jakko Nieminem (34th) and Lopez (32nd).

The grand final in Dubai began tensely with the possibility of the Swiss taking over the position that until then was held by the American Andy Roddick. The dispute started better for the Spaniard working better at the net, but with both tennis players serving very aggressively, the match was resolved in 1h35 with a score of 4/6 6/1 6/2.

The clash marked Federer’s third victory over López. In 20 years on the circuit, the tennis players faced each other 13 times and the Swiss came out on top in every confrontation.

With the final played on February 1, 2004, Federer officially assumed the position on Monday and remained there until August 17, 2008 when he was ousted from the top of the rankings for the first time. On that occasion, number 1 was taken over by Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Federer had the longest leadership in the rankings with 237 consecutive weeks. In total there were 310 weeks as number 1 in the world, which makes the Swiss the second longest leader in history behind only Novak Djokovic with 400 weeks.


The article is in Portuguese

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