Roger Federer breaks ANOTHER incredible tennis record despite not playing
The ATP released the rankings for the week yesterday confirming Federer has now spent a stunning 700 weeks in the top four.
The world No 2 is taking a break while the tour moves onto clay in the build up to the French Open.
Federer has not played since the Miami Open in March when he lost in the first round to Thanasi Kokkinakis after losing the Indian Wells final to Juan Martin del Potro.
But he can celebrate another record of being in the top four for longer than anyone else.
Federer’s feat of 700 weeks - more than 13 years - shows his incredible staying power at the top of the sport.
Roger Federer is world No 2 after dropping points since the Australian Open
He already has the record for most weeks as world No 1 with 300.
Federer has won 20 Grand Slams and 97 ATP titles during his career and is closing down Jimmy Connors’ 109.
Nadal is playing in Monte Carlo this week as he bids for an 11th title and to defend more ranking points.
Nadal is under pressure to keep winning on clay to defend his No 1 status.
Federer is only 100 points behind the Spaniard and could overtake him before he returns to action for the grass season.
Nadal has joked Federer is avoiding him on clay despite previously saying he wanted to play at the French Open before pulling out of the whole clay season.
“He said a couple of days ago that he would love to play against me again on clay, best of five sets, so I thought he would play Roland Garros,” Nadal said.
“Then in a few days he says he will not play. A little bit of a contradiction."