Roger Federer Closes In On No.1 Ranking After Win Over Philipp Kohlschreiber In Rotterdam Open

| February 16 , 2018 , 14:04 IST

The most successful tennis player of all time Roger Federer is on the cusp of making history once again by becoming the oldest World No.1 player at the age of 36.

Federer won against German Phillip Kohlschreiber 7-6(8) 7-5. If he wins the next match which is a Quater-Final of Rotterdam Open against Robin Haase, Federer will overtake Rafael Nadal and be back on top of the rankings for the first time since November 2012.

Kohlschreiber, 34, had not beaten Federer in 12 attempts but on his own service game proved a tough opponent for the Swiss, pushing him all the way to a first set tiebreak.

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The German even had two set points but could not convert them as Federer rallied and placed a forehand perfectly beyond Kohlschreiber to take the lead in the match after 54 minutes.

Kohlschreiber, ranked 36 in the world tried to defer Federer's charge but his resistance was finally breached as Federer served out the final set.

Roger Federer has won a record 20 Grand Slam titles and will surpass Andre Agassi as the oldest world number one if he wins his next match in Rotterdam. He would also set another record for the longest gap (five years and 106 days) between periods as number one.

He already holds the record for most weeks spent at number one, having topped the rankings for a combined 302 weeks.