Federer back on top in record fashion

July 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- Roger Federer's record 17th Grand Slam title captured at Wimbledon moved him back to No. 1, tying Pete Sampras for most weeks on top of the world rankings.

Federer defeated Andy Murray in four sets Sunday in winning the Wimbledon men's singles title for a seventh time. That ties William Renshaw (1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889) and Sampras (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) for the most wins at Wimbledon. Federer's titles came in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012).

It is the third time he's reached the No. 1 ranking. The first time was Feb. 2, 2004, for 237 weeks until Aug. 17, 2008. He was also No. 1 from July 6, 2009, until June 6, 2010.

His Wimbledon win ends Novak Djokovic's 53-week run at No. 1 and marks the 286th week Federer has been on top of the rankings. That matches Sampras' all-time mark.

Federer has 11,075 rankings points, just ahead of Djokovic's 11,000. Federer beat Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals. Rafael Nadal (8,905) goes from second to third this week.

Those were the only changes in the men's Top 10, unlike the unsettled women's rankings in which nine of the 10 spots changed hands,

Murray has 7,460 points and remains No. 4, with David Ferrer (5,430) at fifth and Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga, the other Wimbledon semifinalist, at 5,230 and in sixth.

Tomas Berdych has 4,515 points and is ranked No. 7 followed by Janko Tipsarevic (3,215), Juan Martin del Potro (3,180) and Nicolas Almagro (2,605).

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