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Federer to celebrate 287 weeks of No 1 ranking

Roger Federer is set for more tennis history on Monday, eight days after winning his record seventh Wimbledon title, with the Swiss set to break the mark for most weeks in the ATP's number-one: 287 over the course of his career.

Currently on holiday in Sardegna with his family, Federer broke through Pete Sampras' mark of 286 career weeks and will return to the top spot two years after he was overtaken for the honour by Rafael Nadal.

With his focus starting to shift to gold medal prospects at the London Games, which start July 28, the record 17-time Grand Slam winner is optimistic about continuing at an extremely high level.

Along with No 2 Novak Djokovic and third-ranked Nadal, Federer has already qualified for the end-of-year ATP invitational event starting November 5 in London, as the first three men into the field.

"I never stopped believing. ... It all worked out," Federer said as his record week approached. "I got great momentum, great confidence, and it all came together.

"It's a magical moment for me. I was so close to the record two years ago, and it is really amazing to be No 1 again. I played and won a lot of tournaments since the US Open last year. I'm happy that all the hard work I have been putting in has paid off."

Federer, who turns 31 on August 8, is the second-oldest man to be No 1 behind Andre Agassi, who last held the top ranking at 33 years and 131 days.

Federer last held the top spot on May 31, 2010.

His time at the top of the table is guaranteed to last through at least the start of the London Games, as Djokovic and Nadal chase him. Federer owns a leading total of five ATP titles this season and stands 46-6 this season after his Wimbledon triumph over Andy Murray.


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