ِAfter more than five years, Roger Federer returned to the summit of men’s tennis to become the oldest world No 1 in the sport’s history after beating Robin Haase at Rotterdam’s ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.
The 36-year-old Swiss, won his 20th grand slam last month, and replaced Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings with a 4-6 6-1 6-1 victory against his Dutch opponent on Friday.
“Reaching No 1 is one of, if not the ultimate achievement in our sport,” said Federer. “Sometimes at the beginning you just kind of get there because you played so well but later you have to fight for it and have to wrestle it back from someone who deserves to be there. When you are older you maybe have to put double the work in. This maybe means the most to me in my career.”
Federer has surpassed Andre Agassi as the oldest player to occupy the summit of the men’s game. The American was 33 when he was last on top in September 2003. Agassi was among the first to congratulate Federer on Twitter
36 years 195 days…@RogerFederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!
— Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) February 16, 2018
Federer was last the top-ranked player in November 2012, his return to the top spot will be formally rubber-stamped when the men’s tour rankings are published on Monday.