Roger Federer into Rotterdam Open final after securing world No 1 status

Federer had to work hard against Kohlschreiber to maintain his hopes, though, prevailing in a 54-minute first set after a lengthy tie-break.

With this win, the 2018 Australian Open champion is just one win away from claiming the number one spot at the ATP rankings, leapfrogging Rafael Nadal.

He was joined in the next round by the likes of Dimitrov and Goffin, while there was a shock in store for third seed Alexander Zverev.

The years go on, but some things never seem to change.

"Reaching world number one is the ultimate achievement in our sport".

"Sometimes at the beginning you get there just because you play so well".

"I've struggled to try and get there".

"At nearly 37-years-old it is a dream come true and I honestly cannot believe it".

Tennis greats such as Andre Agassi and Rod Laver heaped praise on Roger Federer, who reclaimed the world No 1 spot after winning the Rotterdam Open on Friday. As the crowd cheered in appreciation, Federer calmly lined back to prep himself for the second serve.

He already holds the record for most weeks spent at number one, having topped the rankings for a combined 302 weeks.

Swiss veteran Roger Federer is not only the world No.1, but he is a funny guy too.

Top seed Roger Federer takes on second seed Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the season's first ATP 500 event at Rotterdam on Sunday, February 18. "What I did last year and what Rafael (Nadal) is doing also is maybe a bit of a lighter schedule", he said this week in the Dutch port city.

However, he was last at the summit in October 2012 and slumped to No. 17 in the world last year.

With the big names back-loaded in the schedule, the earlier matches set the tone of one-sided encounters. He began his campaign with a comfortable win over Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans in the first round of the Rotterdam Open. I have a great team around me and we took a lot of good decisions in the last three years.

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