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Roger Federer, at 36, becomes oldest World No 1

Roger Federer, at 36, becomes oldest World No 1

The Australian Open champion is through to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament quarter-finals, although he was made to sweat by Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The 36-year-old Swiss great already has the record for most weeks as the ATP World Tour's No. 1 player (302) but he has not held the top spot since late 2012, reports Efe.

Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title victor who admitted he "never imagined" he'd get the opportunity.

Despite being the top two seeds at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov's respective paths to the quarterfinals on Thursday were anything but easy.

Federer's great rival Rafael Nadal previously held that distinction, having gone nine years and 184 days between first reaching the summit and last claiming the number one spot.

"This is an exciting challenge, I've struggled to try and get there".

Federer is back to the summit of the sport for the first time since October 2012.

The opening dozen games were dominated by the serve, the only scare arriving at the business end for Kohlschreiber with Federer successfully challenging at 6-5 and 30-30 to earn a set point.

Federer's 237 continuous weeks at world number one from 2004 to 2008 is also a record. "It's a bad feeling, but when you do come back and snatch the set, it's such a key moment in the match and I was able to utilize that".

Also, Grigor Dimitrov won by a almost identical score as Federer, defeating Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (4), 7-5.

That was the first time this week Federer had faced break points, and Haase finished off the job with a mammoth ace to clinch the opener.

Rublev advanced to the quarterfinals by beating fellow qualifier Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday.

The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the victor.

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