Federer takes Rotterdam wildcard, shooting for No.1

Published by Matt Trollope

Roger Federer was in demand at Zurich airport as he returned home to Switzerland after his Australian Open 2018 triumph; Getty Images
Should Roger Federer reach the semifinals at the ATP event in Rotterdam next week, he’ll return to world No.1.

Roger Federer has his sights set on the world No.1 ranking after accepting a wildcard into next week’s ATP event in Rotterdam.

Federer can return to top spot if he reaches the semifinals at the 500-level event, which would mark the first time since October 2012 that he was at the pinnacle.

He’s currently just 155 points behind current No.1 Rafael Nadal.

Federer, who won the indoor title in 2005 and 2012, will be appearing for the ninth time at the event – his first trip to Rotterdam since 2013.

“The tournament is special for me,” he said. “I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level. It feels good to join in the celebrations of the 45th edition.”

The field in Rotterdam in 2018 is an impressive one, with Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also expected to play.

He would become the oldest men’s No.1 in the history of the sport should he reclaim top spot.

That record is currently held by Andre Agassi, who was 33 years and four months when he last held the No.1 ranking in September 2003.

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