Jul 16, 2012 at 8:13 am
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer has surpassed Pete Sampras to set the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.
After winning Wimbledon a week ago, Federer returned to the top for the first time since June 2010, and his 287th week at No. 1, one more than Sampras.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion says he is ''extremely proud and honored to have beaten Pete's record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.''
The Swiss star will enter the Olympics next week as the world's top-ranked player.
Sampras says ''the hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability.''
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