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Roger Federer can become oldest World No.1 in Rotterdam

Federer has the opportunity to become the oldest tennis player to claim the top spot as it was USA's Andre Agassi who currently holds the record as he achieved the feat at the age of 33.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 09, 2018 11:30 IST ]
A file image of Roger Federer with the Australian Open
A file image of Roger Federer with the Australian Open trophyPhoto:GETTY IMAGES

A legend of the game who continues to extend his dominance in Tennis has a chance to have a crack of regaining the World No.1 spot once again. Record 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer is on the verge of becoming the oldest player to claim the top spot in men's tennis history after the Swiss Maestro accepted a late wildcard to participate in next week's ATP event in Rotterdam.

Federer recently clinched the Australian Open in January by defeating Marin Cilic to win a record and historic 20th grand slam title. The Swiss star who currently sits on the second spot behind Spaniard Rafael Nadal, has agreed to play in the Dutch hardcourt event for the first time since 2015. 

Federer is 155 points behind his arch-rival in the ATP rankings and with the Rotterdam tourney offering 180 points, Federer needs to make it to the semi-finals in Netherlands to claim the top spot once again and create history like he always does.

The Spaniard, on the other hand, is currently recovering from a thigh injury which he sustained during the Australian Open and is expected to return to court for the Mexican Open. 

The Swiss maestro reminisces the times when he got the chance to perform at the highest level.

"The tournament is special for me. I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level."

Federer has the opportunity to become the oldest tennis player to claim the top spot as it was USA's Andre Agassi who currently holds the record as he achieved the feat at the age of 33.

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