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Federer to claim Connors' record
The Swiss star is to set a new record for consecutive weeks as world number one.
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2007 14:06 GMT

Roger Federer with yet another Grand Slam title [GALLO/GETTY]

Swiss tennis sensation Roger Federer will on Monday draw level with Jimmy Connors' record of 160 consecutive weeks as the world's number one tennis player.
The 10-time Grand Slam winner's reign at the top of the ATP rankings began on February 4, 2004 and such is the gap between himself and the chasing pack he is assured of staying out in front for months to come to smash Connors' benchmark set between 1974 and 1977.

While the idea of anyone hauling in Federer seems outlandish at present he still needs to maintain his dominance for a long time yet to claim the overall record of weeks spent at number one.

Currently he has four tennis greats ahead of him, one within easy reach, John McEnroe (170), then Connors (268), Ivan Lendl (270) and Pete Sampras (286).
   
The 25 year old has other records in his sights as well, such as the first player to win 15 Grand Slams, and the first to win four Grand Slams in a season, the French Open being the only one that has escaped his grasp.
  
The winner of this year's Australian Open claimed breaking records is not his motivation.

"To beat or match records is good but it's never been a main goal," he said, but was still satisfied in breaking Connors record.

"I think it's one of the most important records that I'll beat, perhaps even the most significant. I'm in a hurry to do it."
  
Federer's statistics since he claimed top spot almost defy belief.

He has won 36 of his 50 tournaments, with nine Grand Slams out of 13 attempts.

Since 2004 he has a 94.4 per cent success rate, with 254 victories and just 15 defeats.

Of the ten players that have defeated Federer, only Rafael Nadal has done it more than once.

Despite beating Federer six times, the world number two and king of clay is still more than 3000 points behind his arch rival in the rankings.

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