Sport Roger Federer to begin world No.1 tilt at Rotterdam Open against first-time opponent

20:36  11 february  2018
20:36  11 february  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

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Ruben Bemelmans has been paired with Roger Federer in the first round of the Rotterdam Open after coming through qualifying for the event.

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World number 121 Ruben Bemelmans will be the first man standing between Roger Federer and his route to returning to world number one after the Belgian left-hander came through qualifying for the Rotterdam Open.

The 20-time grand slam champion Federer has to reach the semi-finals next week [12 February-18 Febraury] in order to eclipse Andre Agassi as the oldest man to top the ATP standings.

And that campaign will start against Bemelmans, after the 30-year-old won both of his weekend qualifying matches for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Bemelmans shocked Denis Istomin on Saturday [10 February] before beating home favourite Tim van Rijthoven 6-4 6-3 to reach the main draw.

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Ranked a career-best 84 last October, Bemelmans has slipped outside the top 100 of late but did win his first ever match at the Australian Open last month, overcoming Lucas Pouille before being dumped out in the second round in straight sets by Nikoloz Basilashvili.

He has won 14 Challenger and Futures events, including in Koblenz, Germany earlier this year - his first title for 21 months. Bemelmans has never previously faced Federer in his 12-year professional career, but will duel with the Swiss legend on Wednesday [14 February].

Danill Medvedev, Martin Klizan and Pierre Hugues Herbert join Bemelmans in the main draw after also coming through the two-day qualifying event.

A lucky loser from the preliminary event will also be included in the main draw after defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to pull out due to a suspected hamstring tear.

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Roger Federer celebrated the regaining of his world No 1 ranking by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday. Highlights of Roger Federer against Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam .

All eyes will be on Federer this week in Rotterdam as he attempts to add another slice of history to his already glittering CV.

Should Federer overcome Bemelmans he will be faced with either Karen Khachanov or Philipp Kohlschreiber in round two, before a possible clash with fellow-countryman Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

A last four berth will be good enough for Federer to replace Rafael Nadal at the summit of men's tennis however victory in his first appearance in Rotterdam since 2013 will be good enough to ensure he remains as world number one until the North American hard-court swing in March.

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Trophy completes Federer supremacy .
Roger Federer celebrated the regaining of his world No 1 ranking by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday. He glided past Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the final, two days after becoming the oldest player to top the ATP rankings, aged 36.Federer only needed to reach the tournament's semi-final to seal a return to the status as world No 1, a record 14 years after he first did so, but completed a historic week by lifting the trophy.World No 5 Dimitrov was never able to get close to the imperious Federer, who needed only 55 minutes to win the final for the concession of just four games.

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