After about four and a half years Roger Federer comes out of the Top-10 of the ATP Ranking. The thing was in the air, only the official status was missing and with Hubert Hurkacz’s access to the Round of 16 of the Indian Wells tournament the overtaking took place.
Already at the beginning of the tournament there was the awareness that this step was almost certain and now the Swiss champion, twenty times winner of Grand Slam tournaments, moves to eleventh position. It was the Indian Wells tournament that was fatal for this sensational exit from the Swiss.
Two years ago the American desert tournament saw Dominic Thiem’s victory in the final over Roger Federer, last year the tournament was not played and this time both the Austrian and the Swiss lost several points.
With Felix Auger Aliassime eliminated now, the next one who could overtake Roger is our Jannik Sinner, currently in the Round of 16 in Indian Wells, thanks to the retirement of the American John Isner (he left the tournament because his third daughter is being born).
Roger Federer out of the top-10: a good or a bad sign?
The Swiss champion is over 40 years old and, to tell the truth, only the frozen ranking and the block due to the pandemic, has slowed down this exit in the standings, natural thing given his age.
The last year and a half has seen Federer play very few tournaments with injuries to be the master: three surgeries for the Swiss tennis player have even led to doubts about his return to the field and still today there is no certainty about how and when the tennis player will make his return to the field.
Despite everything, his best results came in the Grand Slam tournaments, Roland Garros and Wimbledon (his tournament) where he respectively reached the Round of 16 and the Quarter-finals. Right on the English grass in the quarters of him he played his last match, against that Hubert Hurkacz who today cut him out of the world Top Ten. There were a few months left and Roger would have reached 1000 weeks in the Top Ten, but at this point it really seems very difficult.
The last time Roger Federer showed up at the Australian Open out of the top-10 was in the 2017 edition. We all know what he did starting at Melbourne Park as seed no.17. A good or bad sign?