Roger Federer has Friday night again history is written. After his victory against the Dutchman Robin Haase (ATP 42) in the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Rotterdam (hard/1.862.925 euro), the Swiss, the oldest number one in the world ever. Still, Federer not a gift, Haase won surprisingly the first set. Then it struck the diesel fuel for the Swiss, however, with twice 6-1, he was allowed to celebrate.
The ATP makes the new world rankings, officially Monday known, but Federer has certainly the highest ranking from the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. That gets the “FedExpress” to his victory against Haase in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam. The Swiss started hesitantly, but finished the job, eventually, 1 hour and 19 minutes. The match results were 4-6, 6-1 and 6-1.
This is the twintigvoudige Grandslamwinnaar also the oldest player ever to reach the world ranking leader. That record takes the Swiss about Andre Agassi. When the American for the last time in the first place, he was 33 years and 131 days old. As Monday, the new ranking is released, it is Federer 36 years and 195 days.
The tennis legend was on november 4, 2012 for the last time at the top of the ranking. That is five years and three and a half month ago. Never before it took so long for a player to re-take first place. That record, he takes over from Agassi, who is just short of three years and a half.
For a place in the final should Federer get past the winner of the duel between the Italian Andreas Seppi (ATP 81) and the Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 57). In the other semi final battle takes on David Goffin (ATP 7) against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (ATP 5).