Entering 2003 season as world no. 6, Roger Federer was eager to chase significant results and continue where he left in the previous year that saw him wining the first Masters 1000 title and cracking the top-10. The start was a little bit slower and it all changed in February when Federer claimed the title in Marseille that propelled him into the top-5 for the first time in a career.
Known as one of the most consistent players on every surface, Roger could have gone only further up from there, improving his position on the list after lifting the first Major crown at Wimbledon and conquering the ATP throne in February 2004 when he went all the way in Melbourne as well.
That would be his first dominant season on the Tour and there was no one to stop Roger in the next four and a half years, becoming one of the most accomplished players in the history of our sport and booking the place in the top-5 until August 2013 when he had to leave it for the first time in ten and a half years!
Roger couldn’t play between Miami and Madrid in 2013, losing too many tight matches before the final and suffering a big blow after dropping almost all the points at Wimbledon where he failed to defend the title. Following another failure in Cincinnati, Federer was forced to drop out from the top-5 after that incredible streak before starting another one in March 2014, staying in the elite group until the US Open 2016, missing the second part of that season due to an injury and staying away from the place among five best players in the world until March 2017.
Returning stronger at the beginning of that season, Federer confirmed his class once again, battling with much younger opponents and proving that the age is just a number. A few days after the 38th birthday, Roger is celebrating the 800th week in the top-5, becoming the first player since the beginning of the ATP ranking in 1973 and leaving Jimmy Connors on 702 and Rafael Nadal on 694.