Switzerland's Roger Federer

LONDON: Roger Federer has surpassed the dizzying financial heights of golf legend Tiger Woods to become the world's highest earning athlete, as a result of prize money alone.

The Swiss tennis superstar has long been an icon of his sport, raking in large sums of prize money for the majority of his career.

Following his recent three-set victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev in his second group match at the ATP Finals in London, Federer took his cumulative career prize money to a cool US$110,235,682 (RM460 million).

As a result Federer has surpassed previous prize money leader Woods, who has amassed US$110,061,012 in his career so far, as report Forbes.

The 14-time major golf champion has seen his career wind down in recent years, as a result of prolonged periods of injury and off-the-course personal issues keeping him from competition.

Federer in comparison has featured consistently on the tennis circuit throughout his career with fierce consistency, rising in both stock and performance year on year.

The now 36-year-old has been on the men's ATP World Tour since 1998.

Throughout that time Federer has won 95 tournaments, including a men's record 19 grand slam singles titles.

Despite frequent debate over the last 12 months regarding when Federer's playing days will come to an end, the Swiss star has had one of his best seasons to date,

He returned strongly from a six-month long injury break to win major titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

In rocketing up through the earnings Federer quickly surpassed rival Novak Djokovic, who has endured a difficult 12 months and been far from his imperious best.

Likewise, over in golf, while Woods dominates overall career earnings, the current golf rich list -including all sponsorship endorsement and exterior financial benefits independent of prize winning - is now topped by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.

The 28-year-old took home a whopping $49.5million in 2016, despite not winning a major for the second year in a row.

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