Rafael Nadal is idle this week, so Roger Federer by reaching the Rotterdam semifinals can regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2012.
Top 10ers joining the top-seeded Federer in the field are Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, and David Goffin.
ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands; surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Lucas Pouille, Gilles Muller
Floaters: David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet, Mischa Zverev, Andrey Rublev
Tough starts for (3) Zverev vs. the veteran Ferrer, (8) Muller vs. a qualifier then the hot-handed Gasquet, (6) Berdych vs. the elder net-rushing Zverev, and (7) Pouille vs. the riser Rublev…
Wildcards were awarded to Federer, Canadian riser Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Dutchmen Thiemo de Bakker and Tallon Griekspoor…
Withdrawing from the field were Roberto Bautista Agut, Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…
Federer to become No. 1 will likely have to beat a qualifier, then the Philipp Kohlschreiber-Karen Khachanov winner, then Stan Wawrinka…
Federer first rose to No. 1 14 years ago in 2004 and holds the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 (302). If he makes the semifinals, he will become the oldest No. 1, eclipsing Andre Agassi (33 years old)…
Tsonga beat Goffin from a set down in last year’s final…
Former champions in the field are Wawrinka (2015), Berdych (2014), and Federer (2012,’05).
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