Roger Federer is now ranked ninth in the world, with 3765 points, and will drop 480 points next week, putting him at 3285.
Felix Auger-Aliassime will be within 20 points of him, but Hubert Hurkacz, who is only 64 points away, may also be able to reach him.
If the two have a successful tournament at Indian Wells, they will overtake the Helvetian in the rankings, but even if that does not happen, it is only a matter of time before Federer leaves the Top 10 on his own, as he will continue to lose points in the following weeks.
For example, on the 25th of this month, he will forfeit the 500 points he has leftover from his 2019 Basel championship. On November 8, he will forfeit the 400 points he has leftover from his last appearance in the Nitto ATP Finals.
About 900 points will put him near 18th in the rankings, the lowest he has been since June 4, 2001, more than two decades ago.
After a six-month layoff in 2017, he dropped to 17th in the rankings, but rapidly rose after winning in Melbourne that year.
In 2022, that will not be the case. Roger will also lose all 720 points in the Australian Open 2019 semifinals, resulting in a spectacular drop in the standings.
Federer expresses opinion on social media
Roger Federer recently spoke with Jonathan Heaf of GQ Magazine on Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu’s troubles on the big stage, the Big Three’s dominance, and Rafael Nadal’s sleeveless tops.
“Yes, I think so (that there is too much pressure),” Federer said.
“I was following Emma Raducanu’s incredible run in Wimbledon and also Naomi Osaka these last few years – it’s been amazing, both of their stories.
“But it hurts when you see what happens and when they don’t feel well.”
Roger Federer believes that dealing with hostility on social media is incredibly difficult.
“I can’t imagine going through the beginning of my career with social media; I have no clue how I would have handled it,” the Swiss said.
“For every 10 nice comments there’s always one negative comment and, of course, that is the one you focus on. It’s a horrible situation.
“Even when I am feeling down I know I need to act a certain way in front of the world’s press. We need to remember that tennis players are athletes and professionals, but we are also human too.”