Monday, 19 November, 2018

Roger Federer claims 97th title

Grigor Dimitrov 'Roger Federer being no. 1 would be unbreakable record' Grigor Dimitrov 'Roger Federer being no. 1 would be unbreakable record' 16 Feb 2018  View 2176 by Gatto Luigi
| 21 February, 2018, 09:59

Second seed Grigor Dimitrov edged towards a possible first Rotterdam final as he dispatched young Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

I had to win a lot of matches past year, said Federer, who was as low as 17 in the world in January 2017 before he returned to form with the Australian Open title.

Federer, the record 20-time Grand Slam victor, will officially reclaim the number one ranking he last held in October 2012 when the new ATP rankings are published on Monday.

American Andre Agassi was the previous oldest player to be ranked world number one having achieved it, aged 33, in 2003.

Federer, the 2005 and 2012 ABN AMRO champion, plays either Andreas Seppi or Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals on Saturday.


Nadal rose to the top of ATP rankings for the first time in two years in August 2017, weeks ahead of his US Open triumph.

The Belgian left the court for treatment and did not return, handing victory to Dimitrov, who was trailing 1-0 in the second set after winning a close first set 6-3.

Federer said he did not get much sleep due to the excitement of his latest achievement and draining more energy by watching the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the pre-dawn hours. "It's unbelievable to get my 97th title and get back to world number one".

"I was expecting a tough final, but I could see that Grigor was not at his best midway through".

'Against Roger in the current situation he is in, you can't play any less than 100 per cent, ' said Dimitrov. On Friday Roger Federer, age 36, defeated Robin Haase and in doing so became the world's oldest number one. The Bulgarian tennis star is one of the up and comers on tour.

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