Roger Federer Becomes Oldest No. 1 In ATP History
by Tom Gainey | February 16th, 2018, 4:43 pm
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Congrats to Roger Federer and his fans. Just 19 months ago Federer’s career was in limbo after re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee in a 5-set loss to Milos Raonic at 2016 Wimbledon. Fast forward to today in the Rotterdam quarterfinals when a Robin Haase double fault returned the Swiss great to No. 1.

At 36, Federer on Monday will become the oldest No. 1 in ATP ranking history (since 1973). And he’s back on top for the first time since October 2012, replacing rival Rafael Nadal.

“What an amazing run it’s been and a journey it’s been for me throughout, so to clinch World No. 1 again this following Monday here in Rotterdam really means a lot to me, so thank you very much, everybody,” Federer said during a special on court ceremony.

“I think reaching No. 1 is one of, if not the ultimate achievement in our sport. So sometimes at the beginning you just all of a sudden get there just because you’re playing so well. Later you sometimes try to fight it back and you wrestle it back from somebody else who deserved to be there and when you’re older you know you feel like you feel like you have to put maybe sometimes double the work in so this one maybe means the most to me throughout my career, getting to No. 1 and enjoying it right here at 36, almost 37 years old, is an absolute dream come true, I can’t believe it.”

Federer, who beat Haase 46, 61, 61, will now face the Andreas Seppi-Daniil Medvedev winner in the quarterfinals. Federer is 10-0 on the year.


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54 Comments for Roger Federer Becomes Oldest No. 1 In ATP History

Madmax Says:

Amazing Man. Amazing Champion. Vamos Roger!

He has also broken Agassi’s record for the longest gap between stints at the top, with his five years and 106 days dwarfing Agassi’s three years and 142 days.

Roger Federer has silenced all his doubters: He is the GREATEST ever – Peter Fleming

ROGER FEDERER has silenced all of his doubters and proven he is the greatest ever tennis player by returning to world No 1.

This is amazing. Sooooooo proud of you Roger!

So proud!


RZ Says:

Congrats to Roger. Well deserved.
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What an achievement! Congratulations Roger!


rognadfan Says:

Hell of a feat. That’s the pinnacle right there.
Never thought he could actually achieve this but the SOB did. No offence.
Congrats to the Maestro!


skeezer Says:

#1.20.36.
Phenomenal, and…..
SAAWEET!


Humble Rafa Says:

#1.20.36.

fishy


DC Says:

WOW !!!! what an accomplishment on top of all his other wow’ish feats !

2018 has been the best year ever and im loving it


Rajesh Says:

Wow congrats to all fed fans for Mr.federer’s great achievement


StarvingActor Says:

Keep soaring, RF!

@skeezer – #1.20.36. clever!


Margot Says:

Amazing from Rog. Congrats to him and his fans. “Age cannot wither him etc etc.”


skeezer Says:

Thanks Margot, and a big thanks for posting this year although Murray has been out. Shows you’re a tennis fan, not just a Murray fan👍😉🎾👏
Hope he (Murray) can return. Any news on that?


Roger is CLASS Says:

Oldest n. 1 ever.

congratulations.


Margot Says:

Cheers Skeeze :) No, Andy is keeping very quiet :(


Amit Says:

#1 seems tailor-made for Roger Federer!!! Back to where he belongs… FINALLY!!! None can stop Federer it seems! This oldest #1 feat is just #EPIC and probably his most remarkable achievement in life! #InspirationalGuy #KingOfTennis #RogerFederer #1 peRFect is incomplete without RF (Roger Federer) in it! #NaturalJustice #SurvivalOfTheGreatest


Amit Says:

Congratulations to all my fellow fed fans jatin, madmax, skeeze, TV, squirrel, van orten, RNF, daniel, fed express etc!!! #PartyMood 😈😈😈😍😍😍😜😜😜😙😙😙😘😘😘😚😚😚😎😎😎💃💃💃✌✌✌👍👍👍👌👌👌👏👏👏


Amit Says:

Cheers For Federer!!!🍻🍻🍻🍗🍗🍗🍖🍖🍖🍫🍫🍫🍨🍧🍦🌷🌷🌷🌻🌻🌻🌹🌹🌹🌞🌞🌞


Willow Says:

Congrats to Federer and fans and newbie Rajesh, proving age is just a number, quite the achievement ;-)


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Mr. Federer and all of his loyal fans!!! I tell myself everyday that age is only a number!! A great achievement!


Rajesh Says:

“Congrats to Federer and fans and newbie Rajesh, proving age is just a number, quite the achievement ;-)”
Yes i m also fedfan since his first slam but i also respect nadal so much who make federer the player he is now


Willow Says:

Rajesh lovely post, nice to hear somebody having their favorites, yet still respecting the other players, which is a rare annomoly on this site ….


Humble Rafa Says:

I tell myself everyday that age is only a number!

Do you also take magic potions?


AndyMira Says:

HR!…Hehehe…Just u wait!…Miss Okie will come here & chillied your mouth till u can’t kiss a women anymore!U hear??MISS OKIE!!!…Oh!I forgot!…she’s not well…so,you’re safe today HR…


Okiegal Says:

@Humble……..Yes my dear loyal Rafa fan, my magic potion is prune juice!!!! 🤪🤪🤪


Okiegal Says:

@Mira……. I feel good enough to respond to a comment from a poster who responded to me……….proper etiquette……..my Mom taught me well! She was a grand lady and oh so wise……..I live my life everyday like she raised me. Mira my heart is still in a-fib but hoping my meds kick in soon……still very weak and tired, too tired to even sleep……. but I’ll be OK!


Willow Says:

Okie love, hugs and blessings sent to you my dear friend :-)


jatin Says:

Thanks Skeezer( in other thread) and amit. And same to you guys as well and all other Fed fans.
He is back to business again. It feels like he has already won the tournament and now playing another one ;)

Okie
Hope you will fine soon


skeezer Says:

Fed vs Seppi, it’s on. 2-1 Fed up a break early.


skeezer Says:

Back on serve, Seppi pounding the ball.


jatin Says:

Seppi playing some great tennis
Leads 3-2


Okiegal Says:

A big thanks to Willow for the hug you sent my way!
@Justin…..Thanks for the well wishes! Feeling poorly today but I will bounce back at some point and if I don’t I will head to the ER……


jatin Says:

Such lethal returns by fed in this game.
Break seppi. Leads 4-3


Daniel Says:

Fed struggling o serve today, didn’t have one of those 1 and a half minutes games, Just as I type he just got to a 40-0 quick after the break.


Daniel Says:

Indeed satin, his returns are awesome the whole week.


Daniel Says:

First set in the bag with another break. Will serve first second set.


jatin Says:

GOD mode ON


jatin Says:

Seems like there are lots of typo going on in this thread ;)

Okiegal.
You will definately.


jatin Says:

Daniel
Yeah, that’s the aspect of his new game which has changed everything for him. His return of serve ;)


Daniel Says:

Damm, a super confident Fed is a joy to watch, he just go on and do all shots in the playbook.

If he stays healthy and managing his schedule right his longevity can he higher and suddenly Connors 109 titles (which was thought ti be unmatched is within reach).

He can win title 97 tomorrow and 100 this year seems inevitable.


jatin Says:

Great Backhands by fed to go 6-5.
Seepi not going away, playing great


Daniel Says:

Love how he is charging the net whenever possible. Supper aggressive mode on.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, anther final for a peRFect 11-0 this season. Great match ahead withFed vs Baby Fed Dimitrov.

Let’s see if Dimi can hold the FedExpress!


jatin Says:

Its incredible to see how fed switch his gear in his matches these days. Seppi really played some super solid tennis in the breaker, but fed quickly switch his gear up as well to produce even higher quality of play to withstand seppi’s groundies.
It seems like Fed’s whole game and the changes he made in all these years has come in it together. He has now the whole arsenal of shots and use them so wisely according to the situation he is in. Impossible to get tired of him and his tennis.

Another Final.
Fed vs Dimi. Excited :)


Willow Says:

Federer in 2 or 3 tight sets in the final ….


Okiegal Says:

@jatin ….I’m sorry that you turned into a Justin….didn’t proof, please forgive. My heart is still out of rhythm…. … I’m so irrigated about it!! ( yes I meant to say irrigated… not a typo, just a little Oklahoma humor) Lol! 😂😂😂


Margot Says:

Sorry you’re not well, OKiegal. Hope you feel better soon. x


j-kath Says:

Willow: I see you’ve got all your bets covered….I’ll follow with: Grigor in 2 or 3 tight sets. Me thinks that one of us is going to be right…

….couldn’t follow the play yesterday as my area lost power from 6.pm to 2.00am under a new moon and a calm stunning star-lit sky…

Okiegal….what about a pampered week-end at a wonderful “Feel-Good” health salon and get a Clydesdale to irrigate your land?


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..Thanks my dear! Heart went back into sinus rhythm yesterday evening around 6:00… could tell immediately…my tired state left me……like the farmer who found his cow……all at once! Feeling great today!!


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..Golly gee I wish I was able to climb up on a Clydesdale…..as I used to love to ride horses in the days of my youth!! About a couple of months ago I had a massage…said I’d never do that but it was great and the work she did on my neck was wonderful…..I wasn’t irrigated at all……only tennis does that to me! Lol

Hope all of the TX posters are having a loverly week-end! I know Fed fans have and congrats to them and Mr. Federer for another title… but was no surprise to me.


Markus Says:

Hi, Okie! Glad to know that your heart is beating okie-dokie again. Stay well dear lady. Your beautiful nature and calm demeanor should help….as well as your medications.


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…… Thanks for the sweet comment……. made my day!! I am thankful the old ticker got back in rhythm feeling so much better…….. meds are close by……..watching Cool Hand Luke! It doesn’t get much better than that……….unless it would be watching Rafa win his 11th French Open!! Lol I had to mention tennis in my comment, no?? Lol Thanks again Markus!

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