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Federer passes Woods as top earner in sport

Roger Federer (AP)
Roger Federer (AP)

Cape Town - Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has passed golfer Tiger Woods as the highest earner in individual sports.

Federer, the current world No 2 in tennis, qualified for the semi-finals of the year-end ATP Finals in London on Tuesday night with a 7-6, (8/6), 5-7, 6-1 victory over German world No 3 Alexander Zverev.

According to Forbes.com, the victory took Federer’s career earnings to $110 235 682, surpassing Woods’ tally of $110 061 012.

The 36-year-old Federer has had a late-career revival which has seen him capture two Grand Slam titles in 2017, taking his record tally to 19.

Federer currently boasts 95 career titles, second on the all-time list behind American Jimmy Connors, who won 109 titles.

Federer's most recent title - in Basel last month - also took him past Novak Djokovic as the all-time prize money leader in tennis.

Woods has won 14 majors in golf, but unlike Federer, his career has floundered in recent years since revelations about his private life and a string of long-term injuries.

Woods’ last major came in 2008 and he trails all-time leader Jack Nicklaus (18) by four major titles.

Woods is currently ranked 1 189th in the world and will make his return at his own Hero World Challenge tournament at the end of the month.

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