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Roger Federer is the most read about athlete in the world

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Roger Federer is the most read about athlete on the internet, according to a study carried out by TIME Magazine.

The Swiss tennis star ranked at 18th overall in the magazine’s annual “ultimate online power test”, which puts together statistics from every Wikipedia page about a living person, including the number of words, external links, unique editors and revisions to the page.

His position would indicate that he is arguably the most popular athlete in the world, and he even ranks ahead of football stars Cristiano Ronaldo (21) and David Beckham (22), in a prestigious list that was topped by former American president George W. Bush.

The world number four is joined in the top 100 of the list by five other tennis players, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray charting at 31, 61 and 89 respectively.

There are also two female players on the list, with Serena Williams (43) and Maria Sharapova (72) joining their ATP tour counterparts, while basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is fourth on the list of athletes at 26.

Federer’s overall score of 30.32 places him between professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (31.64) and former Beatles musician Sir Paul McCartney (30.26).

The 32-year-old also ranked as the second highest earning sportsperson in the world in 2013, with his year’s pay of $71.5 million placing him $6.6million dollars behind American golfer Tiger Woods, but he amassed over twice as much as Djokovic, the next highest player on that list at 28.

Other names from the world of sport that have made it onto TIME’s elite list are ex- cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at 68, retired Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher at 77 and former cyclist Lance Armstrong at 100.

Federer will be certain to generate a high amount of interest if he is to win the French Open, which he is currently competing for in Paris.

The 2009 champion has already made it through to the third round after straight set victories over Lukas Lacko and Diego Sebastien Schwartzman, and he is set to face Russian Dmitry Tursunov in the last 32.

A potential path to the final on Sunday May 8 would see him come up against Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, Djokovic in the semi-finals, and eight-time champion Nadal in the final itself.

His world ranking has risen from sixth to fourth this year under new coach Stefan Edberg, and he is looking to add to his one singles title achieved in 2014 so far.

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