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ATP Rotterdam - Sunday Schedule: Federer-Dimitrov, the perfect final

Roger Federer became the oldest tennis player to become top rank Roger Federer becomes oldest world No 1 in tennis history as he returns to the top aged 36
Montrelle Montesinos | 19 Febrero, 2018, 15:17

Not playing week in and week out at his age is smart and mimics what many other older players, like Serena, are doing at this stage of the game.

The 36-year-old beat Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 in the last eight of the Rotterdam Open to replace Rafael Nadal, 31, at the top of the standings.

Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.

Federer heads into the match as a favorite as he has stitched an 11-match unbeaten run on the ongoing season.

Roger Federer faces the media Friday Feb. 16, 2018, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after becoming ranked as the world number one player.

By returning to number one for the first time since Nov 2012, Federer has set a new record for the longest gap between separate stints in the position.

Next up for Federer is lucky loser Andreas Seppi, who defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3.

After the match the Fedeer said, "Sometimes at the beginning you just kind of get there because you played so well, but later you have to fight for it and have to wrestle it back from someone who deserves to be there". "I can't believe it". In order for me to do that, I just need to play on the court the same way I have been practicing. Agassi tweeted a congratulatory message to Federer on reaching yet another landmark.

"36 years 195 days..."

"Roger Federer continues to raise the bar in our sport".

India's first Grand Slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi said it was yet "another outrageous achievement" by Federer.

Federer also, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, apologised to Haase, who had to sit through a farewell ceremony for the new number one's friend and retired compatriot Marco Chiudinelli in Basel last year.

There were three major final appearances (Wimbledon 2014 and 2015) and the US Open (2015).

The 20-time Grand Slam winner, though, did not mention any fitness or injury problems when speaking in an interview with the ATP World Tour website following his win over Seppi, as he was looking forward to facing Dimitrov on Sunday (18 February).

Federer will leapfrog 31-year-old Rafael Nadal to No. 1 when the rankings are updated on Monday. Haase finished on a disappointing note with his second double-fault on match point.

As one whose brand value exceeds LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Neymar, Federer has nothing left to achieve. The Swiss Master is enjoying himself and all of a sudden age looks like a wrong number! And since he's the greatest thing to ever happen to tennis, everyone weighed in to congratulate the tennis genius.

"But I've got all day tomorrow to recalibrate". He'll become the oldest player to reach the top spot.

Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia's Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.

And Petchey has explained the secret to his success.