Social Media Reacts To Federer’s Return To No. 1
Swiss great’s peers among the first to pay tribute
36 years 195 days...@RogerFederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!— Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) February 16, 2018
Having deemed his return to the top as “one of, if not the ultimate achievement in our sport”, given his age, Federer said this stint at No. 1 meant the most. Amid all the heady praise, he preferred to make fun at his own expense.
When Federer surpasses Rafael Nadal on Monday, he will break the longest time between reigns at World No.1, having last held down top spot on 4 November 2012, five years and 106 days ago. A string of retired players – many now respected coaches, including Federer’s one-time coach Paul Annacone – joined Agassi in paying tribute. ANNACONE
Apparently I'm the oldest tennis player with a #1️⃣ ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing 👴🏻— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 16, 2018
"His-story" continues ...@rogerfederer congrats another amazing chapter written ...incredible effort Team RF enjoy .....— Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) February 16, 2018
Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) February 16, 2018
Nicolas Kiefer (@Nicolas_Kiefer) February 16, 2018
congrats 🎈🎊🎉 to RF2.0 @rogerfederer amazing accomplishment back at #1 at 36 years young— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) February 16, 2018
.@rogerfederer your unsurpassable brilliance continues to define the sport of tennis.
WORLD NR 1 again!🎾👍@rogerfederer is like a good bottle of wine who just gets better with age;). Amazing accomplishment!👏👏👏👏
— Jonas Bjorkman (@BjorkmanTennis) February 17, 2018
What an amazing accomplishment from @rogerfederer to become the oldest 🌍 no.1. What records next for the man who defies logic and gets better with age 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) February 16, 2018
Congrats @rogerfederer and Team. RF,every record is a testament to your passion and commitment to the game on every level . 👍— roger rasheed (@roger_rasheed) February 16, 2018
Age is just a number...@rogerfederer back to #1! 🐐— Michael Russell (@MRusselltennis) February 16, 2018
Jan-Michael Gambill (@JanmikeGambill) February 16, 2018
#36 #20 #1— yves allegro (@yvesallegro) February 16, 2018
congrats 🐐 https://t.co/POb3SzJQ6j— Jack Sock (@JackSock) February 17, 2018
Federer back at where he belongs... #1 👏👏👏— Andy Ram (@theandyram) February 16, 2018
Que grande @rogerfederer— Alejandro Falla (@AlejandroFalla) February 16, 2018
🏆 #1 a los 36 años.
Thank you @rogerfederer for all you’ve done for our sport. Truly grateful to be able to witness this time.— Yannick Hanfmann (@YannickHanfmann) February 16, 2018
Sporting legends from the likes of German footballer Mesut Özil to South African golfer Gary Player were among those to honour Federer’s achievement.
G O A T rogerfederer 🔜 1️⃣ 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/I5fRzj0lAZ— Juan Sebastian Cabal (@juanscabal) February 16, 2018
Congratulations @rogerfederer back at World #1. Respect. Age is just a number. GOAT— Gary Player (@garyplayer) February 16, 2018
I always thought playing 65 Grand Slams in a row was arguably Roger #Federer's most incredible record but returning to the TOP spot 14 years after the first time takes the cake.— Mikhail (@FedexMahindra18) February 16, 2018
Roger Federer desveres to be up there with Lionel Messi as players who revolutionised their respective sports.— Medo (@Mediostability) February 16, 2018