Roger Federer beat Pete Sampras today and broke the record for weeks (with 287 weeks) in front of the tennis world ranking of ATP.
Federer, 30 years old, won the week before his seventh Wimbledon title, which regained the number one ranking, since it has held since June 2010.
Federer, who first reached the summit on February 2, 2004, and the record sum of 287 weeks at the front of the ranking at number one becoming the London Olympics.
"It's an incredible feeling to be back to number one. I had set a goal this year, but never thought I could do so quickly. It is an honor to have surpassed the record of Pete, my childhood hero," said Federer, who also holds the record for Grand Slam titles with 17.
On the other hand Pete Sampras said that "the hardest thing is to stay on top" and "Roger has been able to do a great game and continuity," said a law according to news agency DPA.
After Federer and Sampras with 287 weeks, and with 286, they are historical ranking Czech Ivan Lendl (270), Americans Jimmy Connors (268) and John McEnroe (170), Swede Bjorn Borg (109) and Spanish Rafael Nadal (102), the only activity that is next to Federer.
Federer will remain at the forefront of ranking at least until the end of the Olympics, because in the coming weeks hardly modify the outposts in the ranks ecumenical men's tennis.
Meanwhile, Colombian Santiago Giraldo tennis on Monday became the best Colombian in history located in the ATP rankings, which this week has led the Swiss Roger Federer.
The three national players have been as high as possible in this international ranking have been Fabiola Zuluaga, 16 of the world (WTA ranking), Juan Sebastian Cabal, 20 of the world (ranking doubles) and Alejandro Falla, 50 in the rankings global (ATP ranking).
ATP ranking of 16 July 2012:
.1) Roger Federer (Switzerland) ............. 11,075 points