Federer: No. 1 of the No. 1s

Published 1247 GMT (2047 HKT) July 16, 2012
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Roger Federer has surpassed Pete Sampras' record of 286 weeks at the top of the world rankings, after a two-year absence from the No. 1 spot. Federer will be hoping to cement his status as the best in the world with a gold medal at the Olympic Games in London later this month. Getty Images
Sampras' record had looked to be safe, but Federer's Wimbledon win -- his first grand slam title since 2010 -- equaled the American's mark of seven crowns at the All England Club and ended Novak Djokovic's 12-month reign. Getty Images
In this month's final, Federer defeated Britain's world No. 4 Andy Murray -- who is coached by Ivan Lendl. The Czech never won Wimbledon in his collection of eight grand slam titles, but spent the third-highest number of weeks at No. 1, achieving a total of 270. Getty Images
Jimmy Connors is fourth on the list with 268 weeks. The American is the only male to have won more than 100 singles titles, while he has also reached more grand slam quarterfinals (41) than any other player. The eight-time major champion was also the first man to spend a total of five years in the No. 1 spot. Getty Images
Perhaps more famous now for his commercial ubiquity, John McEnroe was one of the best players of his era. Renowned for his fiery temperament and on-court rivalries with the likes of Lendl, Connors and Sweden's Bjorn Borg, the American has spent the fifth longest amount of time in the top spot with 170 weeks. Getty Images
By defending her Stanford title on Sunday, Serena Williams (left) equaled her older sister Venus' record of 43 WTA tournament victories, the most by any player still active on the Tour. Former world No. 1 Serena retained her ranking of fourth, achieved by winning her fifth Wimbledon title this month. She also won the doubles with Venus. Getty Images