Posted July 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras on Monday 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. Monday marked his 287th week at No. 1, one more than Sampras. The 17-time Grand Slam champion also tied Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles. Federer first becameNo. 1 in 2004 and said it was an ''amazing feeling'' to be back at the top. ''I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly,'' Federer said. ''I am 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 following his four-set win over Briton Andy Murray in the final at Wimbledon, which also will host the Olympic tenni...
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