Sport Rotterdam Open first round shock hands Federer advantage in race for World No.1 ranking

09:25  14 february  2018
09:25  14 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.

Swiss legend could claim No 1 ATP Ranking for the first time in over five years in Rotterdam with a run to the last four; watch live on Sky Sports Arena or Main Event from 11.30am on Monday. Federer 's route to world No 1 . R 1 : Ruben Bemelmans. R2: Philipp Kohlschreiber or Karen Khachanov.

The Rotterdam Open is an ATP 500 event, meaning there are some serious ranking points to be won. Nadal was ranked world No 1 at the end of 2017 and has just about kept on to his title following Federer ’s win at the Australian Open last month.

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Roger Federer's path to becoming the ATP men's singles world number one became a touch easier after Stan Wawrinka succumbed in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday (13 February).

The Swiss ace has to make it to at least the semi-finals of the event in the Netherlands to replace long-time rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings and it was believed that compatriot Wawrinka, who was expected to face Federer in the quarter-finals, would be a potential obstacle between him and his record-breaking achievement.

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  'Truly amazing' Roger Federer playing better now than he was at 28, says John McEnroe McEnroe believes Federer's form and achievements during the twilight period of his career are almost inconceivable.Federer, fresh off the back of holding onto his Australian Open crown last month, is preparing to face world number 116 Ruben Bemelmans in the last 32 of the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday (14 February).

Roger Federer will mark his return on tennis court at the Rotterdam Open , as he looks to claim the world no . 1 ranking for the first time since November 2012. Federer will play in Rotterdam for the first time since a quarterfinal defeat to Julien Benneteau in 2013.

Action at the 2018 Rotterdam Open is underway. The tournament’s top seed this year is Australian Open champion Roger Federer . If Federer can reach the semifinals in Rotterdam , he will overtake Rafael Nadal for the world No . 1 ranking .

The 36-year-old will become the oldest number one ranked player beating Andre Agassi's record if he makes it to the semi-final and following Wawrinka's defeat his progress to the last four looks increasingly likely.

The 32-year-old, who is coming back from a long-term knee injury that required surgery in 2016, went down in three sets to local wildcard entrant Tallon Griekspoor. Wawrinka won the first set 6-4 but lost the next two 3-6, 2-6 to end his week early.

Federer was hoping to face his compatriot in the last eight of the competition – comparing their potential showdown to a major final. Wawrinka's loss provides an opportunity to the Dutch youngster, who will next face the winners of Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker.

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Federer, meanwhile, will play his first match of the tournament against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans on Wednesday (14 February) with the winner facing Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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  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.

Stan Wawrinka’s shock loss to world No .259 boosts Roger Federer ’s No . 1 ranking bid in Rotterdam . ROGER Federer ’s path to becoming tennis’ oldest ever No . 1 this week just became considerably easier — and the Swiss maestro has the world ’s 259th- ranked player to thank.

Federer accepted a shock wildcard last week to play at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, which starts on Monday. Federer ’s opponent in the opening round in Rotterdam will be Belgian Ruben Bemelman, with the pair meeting for the first time.

Federer will be keen to win the Rotterdam title for the third time in his career after revealing that the event is special as it is one of the first tournaments he played after turning pro in 1998, but Alexandre Zverev could be a potential roadblock if he makes it to the semi-finals after the third seed made it to the second round with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer.

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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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