Sport Roger Federer to begin world No.1 tilt at Rotterdam Open against first-time opponent

20:36  11 february  2018
20:36  11 february  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

Roger Federer's path to reclaiming world No.1 in Rotterdam clearer after Nick Kyrgios injury

  Roger Federer's path to reclaiming world No.1 in Rotterdam clearer after Nick Kyrgios injury Roger Federer's hopes of reclaiming the world number one spot at the Rotterdam Open next week have been given a boost with Nick Kyrgios withdrawing through injury.After winning his 20th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, Federer, 36, is now out to reclaim his place at the summit of men's tennis for the first time more than five years after taking a wild card into next week's competition in Netherlands.

Roger Federer will begin attempts to become the oldest world number one in tennis history against a qualifier at the Rotterdam Open . The Swiss accepted a wild card to play the indoor event last week, but must wait to discover the identity of his first opponent who he will face on Wednesday [14

20- time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is on verge to become the oldest player to claim world number one spot in the men's tennis history after he accepted the late wildcard to play in next week's ATP event in Rotterdam . Federer , who has agreed to play in the Dutch hardcourt event for the first

Roger Federer © Getty Images Roger Federer

World number 121 Ruben Bemelmans will be the first man standing between Roger Federer and his route to returning to world number one after the Belgian left-hander came through qualifying for the Rotterdam Open.

The 20-time grand slam champion Federer has to reach the semi-finals next week [12 February-18 Febraury] in order to eclipse Andre Agassi as the oldest man to top the ATP standings.

And that campaign will start against Bemelmans, after the 30-year-old won both of his weekend qualifying matches for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Bemelmans shocked Denis Istomin on Saturday [10 February] before beating home favourite Tim van Rijthoven 6-4 6-3 to reach the main draw.

Federer reveals the main thing that keeps him motivated

  Federer reveals the main thing that keeps him motivated Roger Federer has revealed the key reason why he is always motivated to win more tennis titles even though he is nearing the end of his career, according to a report on the Express. Federer said that it was his determination to keep working hard that has helped him to keep winning titles throughout his career. The Switzerland international won his sixth Australian Open last month to take his total tally of Grand Slam titles to 20, which has resulted in many pundits and players hailing him as the best ever tennis player. However, Federer has kept himself grounded and continues to work hard. He now has the chance to create history this month as he can become the world’s oldest ever world number one. He currently sits behind Spaniard Rafael Nadal but if Federer reaches the semi-final of the Rotterdam Open, then he will overtake him into first place. Federer said: “I think, always wanting to improve as a player, you know, trying to find new ways to make it exciting for myself.” “Playing on a big stage, honestly, that’s the fun part so that is very motivating in itself.” “And then I can play for world number one or for titles, I mean, at the end of the day winning never gets boring, to be honest.” Federer will play his opening match of the Rotterdam Open today and is the favourite to lift the trophy after compatriot Stan Wawrinka fell to a shock defeat in the opening round.

Roger Federer will begin his quest to return to world No . 1 for the first time since November 2012 against a qualifier, while he could face compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

“It’s Roger Federer who first came up with it on Twitter during the Australian Open in 2014. With Federer , Wawrinka has the best one -handed backhand in world tennis.Source:News Corp Australia. “It’s the first time I have arrived so late, that’s for sure,” Wawrinka said.

Ranked a career-best 84 last October, Bemelmans has slipped outside the top 100 of late but did win his first ever match at the Australian Open last month, overcoming Lucas Pouille before being dumped out in the second round in straight sets by Nikoloz Basilashvili.

He has won 14 Challenger and Futures events, including in Koblenz, Germany earlier this year - his first title for 21 months. Bemelmans has never previously faced Federer in his 12-year professional career, but will duel with the Swiss legend on Wednesday [14 February].

Danill Medvedev, Martin Klizan and Pierre Hugues Herbert join Bemelmans in the main draw after also coming through the two-day qualifying event.

A lucky loser from the preliminary event will also be included in the main draw after defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to pull out due to a suspected hamstring tear.

'I'm not here to look at tulips': Roger Federer intent on snatching No 1 spot at Rotterdam Open

  'I'm not here to look at tulips': Roger Federer intent on snatching No 1 spot at Rotterdam Open Federer's remarkable Indian summer will be made even more astounding if he manages do what's expected of him and become world No 1 for the first time in over five years.Federer will leapfrog Nadal if he manages to beat Haase and progress into the semi-finals in Rotterdam, where he has already made light work of Philipp Kohlschreiber and Ruben Bemelmans.

Federer has That was the first set Federer had dropped in the tournament. 28 Jan 2018 Roger Federer earned his 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday at the 2018 Australian Open , adding yet more hardware to one Federer will begin his 15 Oct 2017 Federer makes shock admission on world No .

Speaking about his participation in the Rotterdam Open , which begins next Monday, Federer said: “The tournament is special for me . I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level.

All eyes will be on Federer this week in Rotterdam as he attempts to add another slice of history to his already glittering CV.

Should Federer overcome Bemelmans he will be faced with either Karen Khachanov or Philipp Kohlschreiber in round two, before a possible clash with fellow-countryman Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

A last four berth will be good enough for Federer to replace Rafael Nadal at the summit of men's tennis however victory in his first appearance in Rotterdam since 2013 will be good enough to ensure he remains as world number one until the North American hard-court swing in March.

Ruben Bemelmans © Getty Images Ruben Bemelmans

Trophy completes Federer supremacy .
Roger Federer celebrated the regaining of his world No 1 ranking by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday. He glided past Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the final, two days after becoming the oldest player to top the ATP rankings, aged 36.Federer only needed to reach the tournament's semi-final to seal a return to the status as world No 1, a record 14 years after he first did so, but completed a historic week by lifting the trophy.World No 5 Dimitrov was never able to get close to the imperious Federer, who needed only 55 minutes to win the final for the concession of just four games.

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