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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Roger Federer Surpasses Pete Sampras’ Record Career Prize Money

Swiss world no. 2 Roger Federer still needs two more grand slam titles to surpass Pete Sampras’ record 14 grand slam titles. However, Federer has already surpassed Sampras in terms of career prize money in the ATP career money list. Sampras has earned $43,280,489 in his illustrious career. For a long time, Sampras was holding the record of highest prize money earner of all time, but recently Federer broke Sampras’ record after reaching quarter final of recently held Madrid Masters. Roger Federer’s current total career prize money is $43,317,870.

Federer does not see it as a special achievement. He thinks, money is important in life, but money is not everything. Federer also paid his tribute to the amateur great tennis players.

AP reported:

"It's not very special," Federer said. "It's very nice to have records. Sure, money is important in life but it's not everything."

"This is also the moment when you can thank the amateur greats for helping to bring the game to where it is today," he said. "They helped create the platform where we are today."

Rafael Nadal is the only other active player who made it to the top-10 career earning list. Federer has been leading prize money winner for last five years in a row. However, he might lose his place this year as Rafael Nadal has been more successful than Federer this season in terms of winning grand slam and other tournaments.

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