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Roger Federer outshines Tiger Woods to become highest-paid athlete in sports

Federer is in a rich-vein of form having won seven titles this year, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 16, 2017 15:17 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of Roger Federer during a press conference.

Nineteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has overtaken former world number one golfer Tiger Woods as the highest prize money earner in individual sports, according to the latest updates released by Forbes.

Recently, world number two Federer became the first player to book his place in the semi-finals of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals by seeing off a spirited challenge from 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-1 in a thrilling round-robin clash that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.

The victory took his prize money to a whopping $110,235,682, thus surpassing the previous number one Woods' tally of $110,061,012 in his career.

It should be noted that Federer is in a rich-vein of form having won seven titles this year, including Australian Open and Wimbledon, and will chase to win his first season-ending title since 2011.

The 36-year-old Swiss tennis maestro, who chose to sit out of the second half of 2016 in order to recover fully from his knee surgery as well as a back problem, has also moved to number two spot in the ATP Rankings.

Federer currently holds 95 career titles, sitting at the second spot on the all-time list behind American Jimmy Connors, who bagged 109 titles, as media reports suggest.

Meanwhile, Woods currently holds 14 majors in golf and trails all-time leader Jack Nicklaus (18) by four titles.

Woods, whose last major came in 2008, has floundered in recent years since revealing about his private life and due to a string of long-term injuries.

Currently ranked 1, 189th in the world, Woods is all set to make a return at his own World Challenge tournament at the end of the month.

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