Sport Federer to start World Number One bid against Ruben Bemelmans

16:26  13 february  2018
16:26  13 february  2018 Source:   Read Sport

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

  Roger Federer to begin world No.1 tilt at Rotterdam Open against first-time opponent Ruben Bemelmans has been paired with Roger Federer in the first round of the Rotterdam Open after coming through qualifying for the event.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.

He starts his bid on Wednesday against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans . Federer also gave some insight into his plans for the spring claycourt season, which he skipped completely last year on the way to winning his eighth Wimbledon title.

Roger Federer said Monday he could allow himself to dream about recapturing the world number one spot at this week's Rotterdam tournament and becoming the oldest man ever to hold the position. He starts his bid on Wednesday against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans .

Roger Federer will begin his bid to be the number one ranked player in the world against

The ABN AMRO World Tennis tournament is one close to the heart of the man from Switzerland, as he first appeared there as a junior.

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If Federer can deliver a semi-final or better performance in the tournament, he will leap over Rafael Nadal to be the oldest player in the Open Era to achieve the rank of number one in the world.

The 36-year-old’s campaign will begin against world number 116 Ruben Bemelmans from Belgium, who was a qualifier.

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Federer, the number one seed, will be looking to carry through the form he exhibited in Australia over the New Year period, as he claimed his sixth Aussie Open win.

World No.1 return is Roger Federer's main career 'milestone' says father Robert

  World No.1 return is Roger Federer's main career 'milestone' says father Robert Being at the top of the men's game has always been important to Federer Jr despite him spending part of 2016 out of the sport.Victory at the Rotterdam Open helped the 36-year-old return to the summit of the ATP rankings for the first time for five-and-a-half years and become the oldest man to do so in tennis history.

Rotterdam (Netherlands) (AFP) - Roger Federer said Monday he could allow himself to dream about recapturing the world number one spot at this week’s Rotterdam tournament and becoming the oldest man ever to hold the position. He starts his bid on Wednesday against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans .

ROTTERDAM: Roger Federer said on Monday he could allow himself to dream about recapturing the world number one spot at this week’s Rotterdam tournament and becoming the oldest man ever to hold the position. He starts his bid on Wednesday against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans .

In Rotterdam, potential opponents include Grigor Dimitrov, Tomas Berdych, and Alexander Zverev.

Regardless of future opponents down the road however, Federer will begin his assault on that number one position against the qualifier Bemelmans.

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Federer played Ruben Bemelmans on 14 February, dismantling him in straight sets, 6-1 6-2, in a game which lasted just 46 minutes. Federer needs to make it to the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open to reach the top of the ATP rankings, trumping Rafael Nadal in the process. The Spaniard does not play until the Mexico Open, allowing Federer to grab the opportunity if he can hold his form. Returning to world number one for the first time since October 2012 would see Federer, who has already spent 302 weeks as the main man in the sport, add further gloss to an already glittering career.

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