England: Roger Federer becomes No 1 in ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings with seven Wimbledon titles in hand as he broke American player Pete Sampras' career mark of 286 weeks. In the new ranking, Federer overtook Noval Djokovic and Rafael Nadal and shifted to No 1 from No 3. He was last No 1 in June 2010.
Djokovic, lost to Federer on Sunday in semi-finals, he was No 1 since winning Wombledon last year. The 2011 runner up at the All England Club Nadal was seen upset in the second round this year. Murray, who lost it to Federer in Sunday's final, sticks to No 4 position.
Victoria Azarenka, a new entry in WTA ranking became No 1, while Maria Sharapova dropped to No 3 from No 1. Azarenka managed to be No 1 despite loosing to No 4 Serena Williams in Wimbeldon women's semifinals on Thursday. Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs is ranked 28th.
For a past few months Federer was seen as a declining champion as Nadal and Djokovic gave him tough fights in the tournaments. Bagging 17th major title has certainly boosted his record and he is back at the top of ATP rankings after two years.
Federer is next targeting to win his first Olympic singles gold medal.