Roger Federer moved a step closer to reclaiming the ATP number one ranking when he made light work of Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans, winning 6-1 6-2 in the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday.
Federer got straight to business as he raced to a 5-0 lead, with the outclassed Bemelmans winning his first game after 16 minutes.
The outcome was never in doubt as Federer dominated with six aces and four service breaks, winning an impressive 21 of 23 first-serve points in the 47 minutes demolition.
The great Swiss will next take on German Philipp Kohlschreiber, against whom he stands 12-0 in career meetings.
Federer would surpass American Andre Agassi as the oldest world number one if he wins his next two matches in Rotterdam and he would also set another record of the longest gap (five years and 106 days) between periods as number one.
In an earlier match, David Goffin made easy work of veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, cruising through 6-1 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.
Also, second seed Grigor Dimitrov had to fight back in the second set to defeat Japan’s Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in their first round encounter.