When Roger Federer entered the prestigious “Club 900,” he made history.

On Friday, Roger Federer will play his final match of his career, most likely with Rafael Nadal, in the doubles at the Laver Cup. After nearly 25 years, Federer lost his spot in the ATP rankings in July, and he was unable to recover from his third knee surgery after last year’s Wimbledon.

With 968 top-10 weeks and 310 weeks at the top of the global rankings, Roger holds the record. The only other player in “Club 900” is a Swiss player, and Rafael Nadal will likely join him there in a few months. In January 2020, the same day he defeated Steve Johnson in the Australian Open first round, Roger recorded his historic 900th top-10 week.

At age 17, Roger won the junior Wimbledon championship and concentrated on his professional career. He steadily rose through the rankings, and in 2001, after winning his first ATP championship, he was a top-10 challenger. After winning the inaugural Masters 1000 championship in Hamburg and breaking into the top-10 the following day, Federer had to wait until May 2002 to join the elite group.

In 2020, Roger Federer became the first athlete with 900 weeks spent in the top 10.

Federer briefly dropped and then climbed his way back to the top 10 in October of that year. When Roger won the first Major title at Wimbledon in 2003, his ranking in the top 10 was unquestionable for many years to come.

Federer participated in the elite group for more than 14 years before leaving due to a left knee injury in November 2016. The Swiss had a six-month break before a stunning comeback in 2017. Between the Australian Opens of 2017 and 2018, he won three Major championships, solidifying his position among the elite to maintain his position behind his closest rivals, Jimmy Connors and Rafael Nadal.

One of the most reliable players over the previous 20 years, Roger won 20 Major titles between 2003 and 2018 and held the world number one ranking for 310 weeks. The Swiss could defeat considerably younger competitors and place top-3 in 2019!

However, a knee issue caused him to struggle and require three operations, ruining the final three seasons of his career. Federer competed in just one tournament in 2020, but thanks to the epidemic and his points from the year before, he still placed in the top five.

Rafael Nadal is attempting to surpass Roger’s record of 968 weeks in the top-10, which he ultimately departed in October of last year.