World No.1 Roger Federer cruises to title No.97 in Rotterdam

World No.1 Roger Federer cruises to title No.97 in Rotterdam

On Sunday, Federer, the oldest man to clinch the world number one spot in tennis, eased past Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 to clinch his 97th title at the Rotterdam Open.

Federer has enjoyed an excellent run since returning from knee surgery at the beginning of 2017, winning nine ATP titles and taking his tally of Grand Slam triumphs to 20 with back-to-back triumphs in Melbourne and a record-breaking eighth victory at Wimbledon.

Federer has thus broken the age records set by Andre Agassi and Serena Williams, who were 33 and 35 respectively when they topped the rankings. He first became number one in February 2004. "I only fight to be happy & competitive in every tournament I play".

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He says he was able to spend time at home with his family in Switzerland and focused more on his charity - the Roger Federer Foundation - which supports child education projects in Southern Africa. "All the best for the season, keep it up and I'm sure I'll see you around soon", he said. "But to be the No. 1, you have to win much and constantly, which becomes even tougher when you are older", said Luthi.

Schuettler believes that Federer and Nadal's respective revivals during a period that looked set to be dominated by the likes of Novak Djokovic is a mark of the duo's enduring class and is hopeful that the veteran Swiss will be content to remain in the sport for the foreseeable future. "If it's more, great, I'll take it".

"I have a great group of friends around me, in particularly my wife and parents are wonderful so I always know I'll be fine once I retire and when I'm home". "I think it was a great way for me to grow up". "I am very excited to be coming back and playing Queen's again", Nadal told the official website.

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