Written by Nathasha De Alwis
17 Feb, 2018 | 7:44 pm
“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.” – Roger Federer
Roger Federer made into the history books becoming the oldest ATP world number one by beating Dutchman Robin Haase to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam yesterday (February 16).
Fresh from winning his 20th grand slam title in Melbourne this month, Federer took a wildcard into the ABN AMRO World Tennis event.
His eyes were fixed on a return to number one status for the first time since November 2012.
After an initially restrained celebration Federer sat on his chair and looked close to tears as his feat sank in.
Federer, whose staggering career has re-ignited since taking six months off in 2016, has won three of the last five grand slams having gone five years without one.
“Reaching number one in one of, if not the ultimate achievement in our sport” – Roger Federer
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