Quickfire Federer two wins from oldest No 1 spot

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium during their first round match of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 14 February 2018. Photo: backpagepix

ROTTERDAM - Roger Federer moved to within two victories of becoming the oldest world number one of all time on Wednesday when he eased past Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-2 at the Rotterdam ATP event.



The 36-year-old needed just over 45 minutes to clinch victory and next faces Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Thursday.



If Federer reaches the semi-finals, he will depose Rafael Nadal on top of the rankings and become the oldest world number one.


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