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Roger Federer the 'complete player' with number-one return: Rainer Schuettler

21 February, 2018, 07:18 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Roger Federer victory makes him the oldest No 1

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning the Rotterdam Open on Sunday, his 97th career title, and declared it "one of the best weeks of my life". "Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way", the 20-time Grand Slam champion captioned the collage, which also had an image of his family.

He is three years older than American Andre Agassi was when previously holding the record for oldest No.1 back in 2003.

After earlier wins over Ruben Bemelmans and Philipp Kohlschreiber, Federer went onto defeat Andreas Seppi and vanquish Grigor Dimitrov in under an hour in the final to seal his third victory in Rotterdam and move within 12 of Jimmy Connors' record of 109 men's singles titles.

"This is helping both to get better still, although they don't even have to play because they have won so many things".


"Roger Federer is an outstanding athlete who has shaped tennis for decades and stands for top performance", added Jens Thiemer, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz.

Federer, the record 20-time Grand Slam victor, will officially reclaim the No. 1 ranking he last held in October 2012 when the new list is published on Monday.

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. "I've been in the top 2 for many years". At the same time, he became the player with longest period between two No 1 stints and the longest time period between first time of taking No 1 and the latest. "I won't fight to be back at No 1". And I think he deserves it.

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