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Federer just two wins from becoming oldest ever world No 1

Federer just two wins from becoming oldest ever world No 1

epa06519076 Roger Federer (R) speaks during a press conference on the first day of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 12 February 2018.

Federer will replace his old rival Rafael Nadal at No 1 if he reaches the semifinals at the indoor tournament.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier does not think Roger Federer will be distraught if he fails to reclaim the world number one spot before retiring and has backed Novak Djokovic to mirror the Swiss' astonishing late-career form when he enters his mid-30's.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion will become the oldest number one in tennis history if he manages to reprise the ranking for the first time in nearly five-and-a-half years.#. Federer would surpass American Andre Agassi as the oldest world number one if he wins his next two matches in Rotterdam and he would also set another record of the longest gap (five years and 106 days) between periods as number one.

Federer will face off on Thursday against long-time German opponent Philipp Kolschreiber, who has lost a dozen times to the victor of a record 20 grand slam titles.

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Federer will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the round-of-16 on Thursday. The beginning will be crucial tomorrow, you don't want to fall behind, you want to stay focussed all the way. Any lapses could mean that you get in trouble.

The Belgian pulled the score back to 3-2 in the second set but that was the last game he managed and Federer finished the job in 46 minutes.

Earlier, David Goffin eased into the quarterfinals by defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3.

Second seed Grigor Dimitrov needed to hold off an inspired charge from Japan's Yuichi Sugita to advance to the second round 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

The Russian was joined in the second round at the Ahoy Arena by Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, who advanced after just 15 minutes when compatriot Richard Gasquet, the Montpellier finalist, retired with a groin injury trailing 3-1.


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