ROTTERDAM – Roger Federer has develop into the oldest world primary in tennis historical past after he beat Robin Haase on the Rotterdam Open on Friday.
The 36-year-old Swiss changed Rafael Nadal, 31, on the summit, because the Spaniard recovers from a thigh damage.
Federer’s prospects seemed slim when he misplaced the primary set, however he dropped simply two video games thereafter to say a Four-6 6-1 6-1 win and attain the semi-finals, the BBC reported.
“Reaching primary is that if not one among, the last word achievement in our sport,” Federer mentioned.
“Whenever you’re older you are feeling like you need to put double the work in, so this one perhaps means extra to me than every other … it’s a dream come true, I can’t consider it.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will face Italian Andreas Seppi or Russia’s Daniil Medvedev within the final 4.
He first turned world primary in February 2004, however has not topped the rankings since October 2012 and slipped to a low of 17th in January 2017.
That was after he spent six months out recovering from an operation on a knee downside.
Nevertheless, he has since gained eight titles, together with Wimbledon final 12 months and two Australian Opens.
Federer surpassed the earlier document holder, eight-time Grand Slam-winner Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he final topped the rankings in September 2003.
That is Federer’s ninth look at Rotterdam. He has gained the match twice (2005 and 2012). He was a finalist in 2001 and in his final look, in 2013, reached the quarterfinals.
# Within the win towards Haase, Federer dropped his first set of 2018. However he stays unbeaten this 12 months (10-Zero).