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Roger Federer claims top spot, becomes oldest ever world no. 1

It's been more than five years since Federer held the No. 1 ranking, and 14 years since he first reached the top spot.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 19, 2018 19:28 IST ]
Roger Federer holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his match against Grigor Dimitrov in RotterdamPhoto:AP

Switzerland's Roger Federer became the oldest ever World No. 1 in the men's Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday after his victory at the Rotterdam Open. Unseating Spain's Rafael Nadal, the 36-year-old reclaimed the top spot for the first time since October 29, 2012. 

On Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated Grigor Dimitrov, who moved up to the fourth place, 6-2,-6-2 in Rotterdam to win his 97th title. Federer is three years older than previous record holder Andre Agassi of the United States. Germany's Alexander Zverev fell to fifth place, while South Africa's Kevin Anderson jumped to ninth.

Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure. 

"What a week it's been. Absolutely amazing," Federer said. "The goal was to make the semis and I won the tournament so of course I'm incredibly excited and so, so happy." 

The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed "Baby Fed" for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.

The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:

1. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 10,105 points

2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 9,760 

3. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,960

4. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 4,635

5. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,450

6. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 4,220

7. David Goffin (Belgium) 3,280

8. Jack Sock (United States) 2,880

9. Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 2,825

10. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) 2,815.

(With Agency Inputs)

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