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Federer downs Seppi to reach Rotterdam final

19 Febrero 2018, 03:16 | Cornelio Vivanco

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ATP Rotterdam Roger Federer dismantles Ruben Bemelmans for a perfect start

Although not at his best, Federer broke the Italian early in the first set and faced little trouble in the second-set tie-break. "Well it's a deep sense of satisfaction", Federer told a selected few reporters on a conference call hours after his milestone victory.

Dimitrov, who ended 2017 on a high after winning the ATP Tour Finals title, will be looking to put behind the disappointment of a quarter-final exit at Australian Open with his maiden win over the ageless Swiss legend. Agassi tweeted a congratulatory message to Federer on reaching yet another landmark.

In doing so, he has beaten the record of Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he stood at top of the world rankings in 2003.

Roger Federer has celebrated becoming the oldest man to reach World No.1 by making the Rotterdam Open final with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Italy's Andreas Seppi. Hurney had been on a paid leave of absence during the investigation.

Quite simply, yes, in the sense his case is stronger than most.

The Dutchman waved to Roger and called out across the court: "Roger, no one called 'out'". In 2018, Federer looks even more pumped up and the emotions are outward. "But everybody kind of believed in me". To be sure, each champion is special. A lot of people have asked me today how I handle all of the pressure.

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Federer said he was more relaxed yesterday after achieving his goal of returning to world No. 1. Federer seeks his 97th title, the third in Rotterdam after 2005 and 2012, in his ninth appearance. Federer went without a title in 2016 and dropped out of the top 10 in the rankings for the first time in more than a decade.

Federer only needed to reach the final four, which he achieved on Friday, to become the oldest ever world No 1 at the age of 36.

He already holds the record of 302 weeks ranked number one. He could stay at home tomorrow and it wouldn't matter, it wouldn't change his legacy.

And Federer? Just keeps going.

He spoke of "trying to reinvent myself again to some extent". "What I did last year and what Rafael (Nadal) is doing also is maybe a bit of a lighter schedule", he said this week in the Dutch port city.

"I just feel like tennis has gotten faster, you know?" We can hit harder. It was a horrible moment, not just for the man himself, but for spectators present at the scene and those watching far and wide. "When I saw that, I felt this guy was tuned up", he added. "That's who I pick".

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