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Rotterdam Open: Roger Federer anxious to become number one

After his Australian Open triumph in January, 36-year-old Roger Federer is looking to topple Rafael Nadal as the world number one at the Rotterdam Open this week – with the Spaniard not being in action until February 28 in Acapulco, as he’s recuperating from a knee injury.

To regain the number one spot, Federer must at least reach the semi-finals at the event in Holland.

The phenomenal Swiss will begin his campaign against world number 121 Ruben Bemelmans, before a second round encounter against Karen Khachanov or Philipp Kohlschreiber.

If seedings hold up, he would have to defeat compatriot and friend Stan Wawrinka in what would be a high-profile quarter-final.

“I would love to be in that position with anyone, but with Stan [Wawrinka] it would be like a Grand Slam final, a big-time match,” said Federer, who’s looking forward to becoming the oldest world no. 1 in men’s tennis history.

“I’m hoping to get to number one and hoping to do it this week. You always want to do it the tough way, it’s not easy to get there.

“The achievement would be quite incredible. It’s exciting to see Stan in my section and it’s great to have him back,” the Whiz added.

Should Federer reclaim top spot, he will extend his record for most weeks at the top of the rankings, which currently stands at 302, while he will also replace Andre Agassi as the world’s oldest world No.1, a record the American held when he was 33.

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