New Delhi: Swiss ace Roger Federer defeated his Dutch opponent Robin Haase at Rotterdam’s ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament to become the oldest world number one. According to the Sky Sports, the twenty-time Grand Slam champion secured his spot in the history books and the last four of the tournament with a 4-6 6-1 6-1 victory against Haase on Friday. Also Read - US Open 2020: First Grand Slam Quarterfinal Since 2004 Without Djokovic, Federer And Nadal
The 36-year-old became the oldest No. 1 male player, surpassing eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who holds the record at 33 years since September 2003. Also Read - Tennis: US Open 2020 Reduces Prize Money Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Singles Champions to Get $850K Less
Federer also beats the mark set by the record holder in the women’s game, Serena Williams, who was 35 when she was last No 1 in May 2017. Also Read - US Open 2020: Rafael Nadal Withdraws, Novak Djokovic to Take Call in Coming Days
“Reaching No 1 is one of, if not the ultimate achievements in our sport,” said Federer, who will next meet Andreas Seppi after the Italian prevailed 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 against Daniil Medvedev.
“Sometimes at the beginning, you get there just because you play so well. Later, you sometimes try to fight it back and you wrest it back from somebody else who deserved to be there, and when you’re older you feel like you have to put maybe double the work in. So this one maybe means the most to me throughout my career,” the Swiss added. (With ANI inputs)