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It is still advantage Roger Federer in the world of tennis

The Forbes magazine's new list of the '100 most Powerful Celebrities' includes five tennis professionals, with the Roger Federer leading at No 31.

Roger Fedrerer, the world No 3, has been in great form so far this year.
Roger Fedrerer, the world No 3, has been in great form so far this year.

Roger Federer has not won a grand slam since the Australian Open of 2010 and has reached the final of just one of the eight majors since: the 2011 French Open. Yet the five-time Dubai champion remains the biggest personality in tennis.

The Forbes magazine's new list of the "100 most Powerful Celebrities" includes five tennis professionals, with Federer leading at No 31.

Rafael Nadal, the man who displaced him as the world's No 1 in 2008, comes in second at No 47. Maria Sharapova (71), Serena Williams (77) and Li Na (87) are the other tennis stars to make the list, which surprisingly has no place for the reigning men's No 1 Novak Djokovic.

Federer, in fact, ranks as the fourth most powerful athlete in the world, according to the list, behind Tiger Woods (12), LeBron James (15), and Kobe Bryant (27).

Critics would point to the 16-time grand slam winner's well-oiled PR machinery for his position among the celebrities, but Federer's resurgence on the courts this year proves he is worthy of it. The Swiss has already won four titles in 2012 and could return to the top of the men's ranking for the first time since June, 2010.

At the moment, 1,770 points separate Federer and Djokovic, but the Serb has 7,320 points to defend before the US Open because of his triumphs at Rome, Wimbledon, Montreal and Flushing Meadows in 2011. By comparison, Federer has to defend 2,640, which means an interesting battle for the men's No 1 lies ahead.

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