Roger Federer victory makes him the oldest No 1

Roger Federer victory makes him the oldest No 1

Yet another record for Roger Federer, as he became the oldest man, at 36, to reach No.1 in the ATP rankings after beating Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open on Friday.

Schuettler - a finalist in Melbourne in 2003 - was the world number six when Federer first topped the rankings in February 2004 and the German says an ability to adapt his game depending on opponent has been key to his mesmeric longevity.

Playing flawless tennis, the 20-times major victor carried the momentum forward in the second set to seal the match in 55 minutes for his 97th career title and third in Rotterdam.

Bedene, who has reverted to competing for Slovenia, was beaten 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes by the 24-year-old Austrian.

Serena Williams had previously held that title, with the American being 35 when she lost world number one status in May of past year.

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By returning to World No 1, Federer has become the oldest player to achieve this milestone at 36 years and 195 days, eclipsing the record previously held by Andre Agassi. "This is absolutely fantastic, I'm really pleased".

As a result, were there other players who could have been considered as the world number one at an older age than Federer?

Over the weekend, before he assured himself of rising from No. 2 and surpassing Rafael Nadal in the rankings and then won the ABN AMRO indoor tournament in Rotterdam, Federer spoke via telephone to a couple of reporters.

"By having Nadal there, I think it helps him (Federer) remain ultra-competitive".

To think just 13 months ago, when Federer returned from a knee injury, he faced an uncertain future with many writing him off. "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. I've done it for a longer period of time now, to hit through the ball off both wings harder.

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