The Federer family is celebrating the rise of Roger Federer back to world number 1 although he has not played a professional tennis match since March 24, 2018. Federer said this about his decision to skip the clay season, “I am not 25 any more I need to reserve some energy for Wimbledon. I love the grass more than the clay court, so that is why I won’t take part this year.” The Maestro was only 500 points behind Rafael Nadal when he decided to rest. Rafa needed to defend every clay court tournament from last year as he won almost all of them and it appeared he was on track to do it again this year with 50 straight clay court match wins. His straight-sets loss to Dominic Theim meant he would be unable to defend his Madrid points and thus Federer returns to world number 1 for a record-breaking 309 weeks and counting.
The Federer position may be short lived as Nadal can reclaim the top spot the following week by winning the title in Rome. Oddly enough, it was January 2007 when Djokovic entered the top 15 for the first time and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were the top 2 players in the world battling for the top spot. Now 11 years later,
Roger Federer, who is lying in a hammock sipping cocktails somewhere, just returned to World No.1.
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) May 11, 2018
Live scenes of Domi showing Federer the current tennis rankings pic.twitter.com/QJLN2FqW0T
— 🌼 (@DropVolleys) May 11, 2018
“In his grace and beauty, Federer is without parallel in his sport. He deserves every prize that comes his way, and merits almost every superlative laid at his feet. He has given more pleasure to more people than almost any champion in any sport” pic.twitter.com/MRPEUiKORl
— Amber (@AmberRajen) May 3, 2018
— Alizèe Federer (@alizeefedererfg) May 11, 2018
— Tennis Memes (@ATPWTAMemes) May 11, 2018
New Ranking from Monday !
Roger Federer is Number 1 again! 💃🍾 pic.twitter.com/dVyXURv1cI
— OurNumberOneRF🐐 (@TennisDigits) May 11, 2018
— danielle (@dm_mauron) May 11, 2018
Roger back at number #1 be like pic.twitter.com/J4BCWWGu8U
— Moe (@fan_federer) May 11, 2018
RAFA NADAL LOSES ON CLAY!
Dominic Thiem wins in straight sets 7-5, 6-3
Roger Federer returns to world number one pic.twitter.com/5nZEFk8LNL
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) May 11, 2018
Great effort from Roger Federer to return to number one this week.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) May 11, 2018
— Aravind Jetti (@AravindJetti) May 11, 2018
17 April atp rankings: Nadal no.1, Federer no.2
17 April – 11 May: Nadal 12 wins, Federer 0 wins
14 May atp rankings: Federer no.1, Nadal no.2
Tennis ranking system rulz 😂😂
— Rostick Betdistrict (@betdistrict) May 11, 2018
When Roger Federer returns to ATP number one even though he is on an extended holiday with the family. pic.twitter.com/WnKFLKahLc
— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) May 11, 2018
— Dαηϊϊeια FεяяO..☘ (@DaniCNav) May 12, 2018