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Sport Rotterdam Open first round shock hands Federer advantage in race for World No.1 ranking

09:25  14 february  2018
09:25  14 february  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

Roger Federer's path to reclaiming world No.1 in Rotterdam clearer after Nick Kyrgios injury

  Roger Federer's path to reclaiming world No.1 in Rotterdam clearer after Nick Kyrgios injury Roger Federer's hopes of reclaiming the world number one spot at the Rotterdam Open next week have been given a boost with Nick Kyrgios withdrawing through injury.After winning his 20th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, Federer, 36, is now out to reclaim his place at the summit of men's tennis for the first time more than five years after taking a wild card into next week's competition in Netherlands.

round with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer. Wawrinka's loss in the first round of the Rotterdam Open has handed Federer an advantage in his No . 1 ranking pursuit Getty. Read more.

Rotterdam . Sao Paulo. Roger Federer is within reach of the No . 1 ATP Ranking for the first time in over five years after successfully defending his Australian Open title at Melbourne Park on Monday. Federer , who suffered a shock second- round loss to Evgeny Donksoy in the Dubai second round

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Roger Federer's path to becoming the ATP men's singles world number one became a touch easier after Stan Wawrinka succumbed in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday (13 February).

The Swiss ace has to make it to at least the semi-finals of the event in the Netherlands to replace long-time rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings and it was believed that compatriot Wawrinka, who was expected to face Federer in the quarter-finals, would be a potential obstacle between him and his record-breaking achievement.

'Truly amazing' Roger Federer playing better now than he was at 28, says John McEnroe

  'Truly amazing' Roger Federer playing better now than he was at 28, says John McEnroe McEnroe believes Federer's form and achievements during the twilight period of his career are almost inconceivable.Federer, fresh off the back of holding onto his Australian Open crown last month, is preparing to face world number 116 Ruben Bemelmans in the last 32 of the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday (14 February).

Federer , who last held the top spot on 4 October 2012, moved to within 155 points of Rafael Nadal after claiming his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and could dethrone Nadal as World No . 1 if he reaches the semi-finals in Rotterdam . Doubles Race . Former No . 1 s. Rankings FAQ.

Roger Federer holds the record for most weeks spent at No . 1 (302 weeks). 'Highly Motivated' Federer Wants No . 1 ATP Ranking . He opens his ninth Rotterdam campaign Wednesday against 30-year-old Belgian qualifier and World No . 116 Ruben Bemelmans.

The 36-year-old will become the oldest number one ranked player beating Andre Agassi's record if he makes it to the semi-final and following Wawrinka's defeat his progress to the last four looks increasingly likely.

The 32-year-old, who is coming back from a long-term knee injury that required surgery in 2016, went down in three sets to local wildcard entrant Tallon Griekspoor. Wawrinka won the first set 6-4 but lost the next two 3-6, 2-6 to end his week early.

Federer was hoping to face his compatriot in the last eight of the competition – comparing their potential showdown to a major final. Wawrinka's loss provides an opportunity to the Dutch youngster, who will next face the winners of Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker.

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Federer, meanwhile, will play his first match of the tournament against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans on Wednesday (14 February) with the winner facing Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Federer reveals the main thing that keeps him motivated

  Federer reveals the main thing that keeps him motivated Roger Federer has revealed the key reason why he is always motivated to win more tennis titles even though he is nearing the end of his career, according to a report on the Express. Federer said that it was his determination to keep working hard that has helped him to keep winning titles throughout his career. The Switzerland international won his sixth Australian Open last month to take his total tally of Grand Slam titles to 20, which has resulted in many pundits and players hailing him as the best ever tennis player. However, Federer has kept himself grounded and continues to work hard. He now has the chance to create history this month as he can become the world’s oldest ever world number one. He currently sits behind Spaniard Rafael Nadal but if Federer reaches the semi-final of the Rotterdam Open, then he will overtake him into first place. Federer said: “I think, always wanting to improve as a player, you know, trying to find new ways to make it exciting for myself.” “Playing on a big stage, honestly, that’s the fun part so that is very motivating in itself.” “And then I can play for world number one or for titles, I mean, at the end of the day winning never gets boring, to be honest.” Federer will play his opening match of the Rotterdam Open today and is the favourite to lift the trophy after compatriot Stan Wawrinka fell to a shock defeat in the opening round.

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.

He was handed a special prize after the match to commemorate his achievement. Much was made heading into the match against Haase at Rotterdam on Federer superseding Andre Agassi as the oldest world No 1 .

Federer will be keen to win the Rotterdam title for the third time in his career after revealing that the event is special as it is one of the first tournaments he played after turning pro in 1998, but Alexandre Zverev could be a potential roadblock if he makes it to the semi-finals after the third seed made it to the second round with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer.

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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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