Federer on brink of surpassing Agassi record

Federer on brink of surpassing Agassi record

The Fed Express, the Swiss Maestro, the Mighty Federer: these are just a few of the hundreds of nicknames forged over decades of celebration around one of, if not the, greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer. He will overtake Nadal if he reaches the semifinals in Rotterdam. The group includes Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto and David Gilliland.

After a record-breaking performance at this year's Australian Open, Roger Federer looks set to continue his impressive ascent into old-age.

Fast forward 6 months after Wimbledon, where Roger was returning to action after a long layoff due to the knee injury, which plagued his 2016 game and the dream started to happen for him. Federer ended up losing that set and Cilic was gaining crucial momentum.

He was number one from 2004, when he was toppled by Nadal.

'I think Philipp did that to me; it was a struggle.

"The key is to start well, put him (Ruben Bemelmans) under pressure".

Tahlak is hopeful that Federer will give the thumbs up soon.

It was not to be 13th time lucky for the German in Rotterdam as Federer came through a testing two set encounter.

# Longest gap between first & most recent day as No 1: Federer (14 years and 17 days).

The Belgian pulled the score back to 3-2 in the second set but that was the last game he managed and Federer finished the job in 46 minutes.

Rublev, the world No. 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points, while he saved nine of 13.

Haase began against his fellow Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker. Number one is a tough place to get to.

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand. You have to wrestle it back from someone who's worked hard to get there.

36 - Federer is three years older than the previous record holder, Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he last topped the rankings in September 2003.

This latest milestone is yet another testament to Federer's extraordinary longevity.

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