Will there be two new No.1s next week?

Published by Leigh Rogers

PUMPED UP: Simona Halep is into the Qatar Open quarterfinals and eyeing a return to No.1; Getty Images

Roger Federer’s quest to return to world No.1 is dominating headlines this week – but he is not the only one eyeing the coveted spot.

READ MORE: Federer one win away from No.1

Simona Halep can reclaim the WTA’s top ranking if she advances further than Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki at this week’s Qatar Open.

Halep faces unseeded American CiCi Bellis in the quarterfinals, with Wozniacki set to face former world No.1 Angelique Kerber.

RELATED: Wozniacki, Halep advance in Doha

It got us wondering when, or if, both the ATP and WTA No.1 rankings had ever changed in the same week?

After hitting the record books, we confirmed it is a rare occurrence. It has only happened five times since rankings were introduced over four decades ago.

The last time was 9 July 2012 – when Federer returned for his third, and most recent, stint as world No.1

Date ATP No.1 WTA No.1
9 September 1991 Stefan Edberg replaces Boris Becker Monica Seles replaces Steffi Graf
10 April 1995 Andre Agassi replaces Pete Sampras Steffi Graf replaces Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
5 July 1999 Andre Agassi replaces Pete Sampras Lindsay Davenport replaces Martina Hingis
18 August 2008 Rafael Nadal replaces Roger Federer Ana Ivanovic replaces Jelena Jankovic
9 July 2012 Roger Federer replaces Novak Djokovic Victoria Azarenka replaces Maria Sharapova

Will 19 February 2018 soon be added to this list? Only time will tell.

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