Federer Tops World Ranking, Faces Dimitrov In Rotterdam Final

Federer Tops World Ranking, Faces Dimitrov In Rotterdam Final

Agassi was amongst the first to congratulate Federer.

To avoid Nadal and Federer in the Netherlands was enough to reach the semi-finals.

Hands to mouths, in shock, everyone worrying for Roger.

Federer won the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam title. His run solidifies his overtaking Rafael Nadal for the sport's top ranking.

Having just claimed the second set 6-1 to level the match up at one set each, Federer served wide to Haase's forehand, appearing to ace his opponent. "For me that was a big deal", he admitted. He's lost half a step or two. He's never going to beat Djokovic or Andy Murray now. "If it's more, great, I'll take it. If I play well, good things will happen". It was more than five years since I was last number one. That comes with a very consistent ball toss. "But everybody kind of believed in me". For some, it felt like grieving. In order for me to do that, I just need to play on the court the same way I have been practicing.

The Rotterdam final is set, and it couldn't be greater.

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

The next obstacle between Federer and the title in Rotterdam is Andreas Seppi, who overcame Daniil Medvedev in his last match.

If greatness needed a new dimension, please stand up and clap for the New No.1 in tennis, Roger Federer.

After claiming the top spot again, the Swiss surpassed eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who earlier held the record at 33 years since September 2003. In the ceremony for Federer that followed, the 20-time major champion lauded Haase's efforts amid his current physical state, which confirmed reports that were circulating about back problems for the Dutchman.

"It's double as nice at my age to be number one, there is a lot that goes into it". With the support he gets the world-over, his love of travelling and close-knit team, playing tennis is still the easy bit.

His sponsor Moet was there with emergency champagne to celebrate the achievement, as usual (they must just follow him with an always ready supply to celebrate his achievements).

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