July 5th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Roger Federer ranked third - lowest since 2003

[Updated at 4:04 p.m.] Roger Federer dropped to No. 3 in the world tennis rankings after his quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon - his lowest ranking in seven years.

Since 2003, Federer had been in either the first or second spot in the ATP rankings.

The second place ranking now belongs to Novak Djokovic. Federer lost his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon to Tomas Berdych, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the final.

Federer, who went into the season as the top-ranked player, struggled in the past few tournaments: first losing to Robin Soderling during the French Open quarterfinals, and then his loss to Berdych in four sets. Berdych's success in making it to the finals earned him a five-spot leap in the standings, making him the eight-ranked player in the world.

The former Swiss champ said after his loss that he had been hampered by injuries.

"I am struggling with a little bit of a back and a leg issue. That just doesn't quite allow me to play the way I would like to play. So it's frustrating, to say the least," the 28-year-old star told reporters, as quoted by AFP.

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    "I lost because I'm injured. I'm still the best," says the most prideful, conceited idiot in Tennis. Federer, you suck!

    July 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ford

      Liar. Federer never said that. And for the record, he is considered to be the nicest player on the pro circuit. John McEnroe, Mary Carrillo and several others have said so.

      July 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJB

      If by "suck" you mean that he is the greatest player of all time, then you are absolutely correct. Every other player would love to "suck" as much as Federer has all these years. Do you make make stupid comments like this on a regular basis or is it just an occasional thing?

      July 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynne Danley

      Roger Federer is the man who has won the Laureus Award for sportsmanship for the last several years. He has been down with mono, back pain and stiffness and an abdominal pull in 2005 when he lost to Safin at the AO. But never once did he compain, and he did not complain at this year's Wimbledon. In his second match, you could just see the taping on his thigh, and when Federer is taped something is wrong. I've been watching Federer since he was a youth and I can often tell when his back stiffems up and hurts him. He loses power and his serve drops in effectiveness. This is what happened at Wimby and it's what happened at last year's US Open. That takes NOTHING away from the splendid victories by Delpo and Berdych. They stayed focused, played brilliantly, took advantage of an opportunity and won fair and square. But Roger is human, and he was bitterly disappointed - not just after the match but during it, when he knew he was in trouble. He expressed that in what was really an understated way during the press conference. But did he call the trainer and delay the match like so many others do? Did he gasp and wince and act like he was dying like Djokovic? Did he walk around grimacing and taking a minute between points like Nadal - who did call for the trainer when things weren't going for him in his match against Petzschner (sp?)? No, he continued to play at a regular pace and to do his best. He's been more gracious at a press conference after losing, yes, but he knows what that defeat meant to him and to his chance to get back to #1. It hurt. He wasn't making excuses and he said so. So for heaven's sake, give him a break! This great champion and class-act gentleman deserves more than the media has given him after this Wimbledon. I'll bet he says something very nice about Berdych the next time he meets the press. When something devastatingly disappointing happens to you, what would you say if some media person stuck a microphone in your face? Federer is usually a king in those situations, but this time he was just a regular man. And that's okay, too.

      July 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adkadsy

    So how many more of you are going to rage about a couple of errors in a simple story about a tennis match. Calm down and get your priorites straight. People are dying and going hungry in the world and you people are getting angry over something so stupid. Get a life!

    July 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kudzu Preggo Palin

    I think "finals" might mean quarter- and semi-. Either way, it is still a sloppy article. Federer has played so long and hard I'm surprised he is still playing. We probably won't see his record broken in our lifetime.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeK

      Wrong, finals does NOT quarters and semis! Are you on heavy amounts of drugs and alcohol? And by the way, the term in final, not finals. There one final, two semi-finals and four quarter finals. P.S. The blogger meant to say semi-finals, but forgot the semi part. She obviously knows that Djokovic did not play in the finals because she goes on to mention how Nadal played Berdych in the final.

      July 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. themedusa1966

    roger federer is one of the coolest player . he is still strong and he is the best. He will come around and can still win.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. themedusa1966

    federer is one of the best player. He is a pro and the maestro . He will come around & can still win a grandslam.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MsMiles

    It's CNN...how can you expect expert knowledge?! Their errors are reflective of their network and the ratings support this

    July 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Quy Le

    Federer may be #3 but he's still the #1 Tennis Player on Facebook & Twitter according to Fan Page List: http://bit.ly/93OSgD

    July 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeyroa

      Wow, that's every tennis player's goal. Britney Spears is the #1 singer on Facebook and Twitter. Does that make her the best singer in the worl? What a stupid comment.

      July 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AZ

    Roger rocks! So does Nadal. I don't think the "Joker" is #2 worthy, but he's still better than most players.

    July 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Abner Gamboa

    Who cares about Roger Federer! Too arrogant!!!

    July 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gigi L.

    What many causal and ardent tennis spectators fail to f_cking comprehend is Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have displayed psychological mettle rarely seen in professional sport. Rarely seen in life experience. The developed skill set to play tennis is highly refined for both men. Their rivalry has affected the play of both men, for the better, regardless of Roger Federer's losing percentage against Rafael Nadal. The dynastic command the men have on professional tennis is astounding. And please, stop sucking the d_cks of these two. It is not a good look.

    July 14, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. yaniv

    Federer is 29 y/o! not 28.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
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