ATP World Rankings: Roger Federer continues to lose grip, ends his 14-year-long stay in Top 10
Federer was holding on to 9th spot last week but is out of top 10 in the latest ATP rankings.
New Delhi: The latest ATP World Rankings saw Andy Murray clinch the No. 1 spot from Novak Djokovic who had held the spot since July 2014.
Murray's acquisition wasn't the only monumental change in ATP's latest release which saw the great Roger Federer drop out of Top 10 for the first time in last 14 years.
The swiss, who was holding on to 9th spot, slipped to to 16th when the weekly rankings were released. This is his lowest ever position since October 2002 when he was placed 13th.
Federer, who had a remarkable injury free career, won his last major in 2012 when he was crowned the Wimbledon champion.
Early 2016 saw the 35-year-old incur a knee injury which ruled him out of first the Madrid Open, then the French Open, putting an end to his 65 consecutive participations in the main draw of Grand Slam tournaments, which started back in the 2000 Australian Open.
After being knocked out at the Wimbledon semifinals, Federer even withdrew from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
It was the first time in his career that Federer has been a victim of such long injury spells, and the prime reason behind the Tennis icon's absence from Top 10 of ATP rankings for the first time in 14 years.
Despite the catastrophic low point in his career, Federer sits fourth in Forbes' list of top richest athletes in the world by amassing $67.8 million – only behind Football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and NBA's Lebron James.
Not just that, Forbes also named him the top athlete brand in the world.
Federer demise in the rankings could soon be followed by another great Rafael Nadal, who sits 8th on present but could be seen exiting the Top 10 in weeks to come.
Federer, Nadal who were once dominating the rankings by switiching 1st and 2nd places among themselves are now dethroned by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on the summit.