Roger Federer became the oldest world No 1 after he beat Robin Haase in the World Tennis Tournament quarterfinals in Rotterdam. The 36-year-old Swiss, who won his 20th grand slam title last month by claiming a sixth Australian Open, replaced Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Dutchman.
This is the fourth time that Roger Federer has topped the ATP Rankings. The previous occasions included February 2, 2004, July 6, 2009 and July 9, 2012. With this feat, Federer has broken multiple records. Federer has surpassed Andre Agassi as the oldest player to occupy the summit of the men’s game the American was 33 when he was last on top in September 2003.
His return to the top spot will be formally rubber-stamped when the men’s tour rankings are published on 19 February morning. Federer also beats the mark set by the record holder in the women’s game, Agassi’s American compatriot Serena Williams, who was 35 when she was last number one in May last year.