Friday, 16 February 2018

Roger Federer beats Robin Haase to become oldest world number one in tennis history



Roger Federer says becoming the oldest world number one in tennis history - 14 years after he first topped the rankings - is a "dream come true".

 
The 36-year-old beat Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 in the last eight of the Rotterdam Open to replace Rafael Nadal, 31, at the top of the standings.


Dutchman Haase in action against Federer on Friday night in the Rotterdam quarter-finals


Federer surpassed eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he was deposed in September 2003.
"This one means the most at 36 years of age, almost 37," the Swiss said.


"When you're older you have to work double the amount. You have to wrestle it back from someone who's worked hard to get there.


Roger Federer


"Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. It's been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much."




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