Roger Federer is no longer No. 1 ... in his own country
Roger Federer is no longer the best player ... now even in his own country.
Federer’s loss Friday night to top-ranked Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals coupled with countryman Stan Wawrinka’s surprising run to the title match assures that when Monday’s new rankings are released, the 17-time Grand Slam champion will be looking up at another Swiss player for the first time in 12 years.
How did this happen? Let us explain:
Headed into the Australian Open, Federer was ranked No. 6 with a total of 4,355 points. Wawrinka was No. 8 with 3,890 points. That’s a lead of just 465 points for Federer.
The cycle for points in the ATP rankings lasts one year, meaning this year’s results in Melbourne are replacing last year’s in the tally. Wawrinka made the fourth round at the 2013 tournament, earning 180 points. He is in the final this year, meaning he will earn at least 1,200 points. That’s a 1,020-point gain.
Federer made the semifinals in 2013, earning himself 720 points. He matched the feat again in 2014, meaning he will remain at 720 for the tournament.
So that’s a net 1,020-point gain for Wawrinka, more than twice what he needs to overtake Federer when the new rankings come out after the tournament ends. And of course, Wawrinka could still earn more points for beating Nadal in the final.
Wawrinka will be ranked at least fifth on Monday and would ascend to No. 3 in the world if he captures the title in Melbourne. Federer will slip to No. 7, also falling behind Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who lost to Wawrinka in the semifinals.
Federer has spent an Open Era-record 302 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world, most recently in November 2012. He has been Switzerland’s No. 1 player since he overtook Marc Rosset on Jan. 15, 2001.