Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Federer Destroys Dimitrov to win Rotterdam Open

Federer Destroys Dimitrov to win Rotterdam Open

"What an fantastic run it's been and a journey it's been for clinch world No. 1", said Federer, who won three of the last five Grand Slams to put him on track to the top.

Roger Federer won his 97 career title on Sunday 6-2, 6-2 over second seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria to win the Rotterdam tournament.

The ageless Swiss maestro is three years older than American legend Andre Agassi was when previously holding the record for oldest No.1 back in 2003. "I can't believe it".

Federer returns to No. 1 on Monday for the first time since November 2012.

His win against the Dutch marked more than 14 years since the Swiss first claimed the top ATP Ranking on February 2, 2004, and also more than five years since he last held that spot.

"It's unbelievable to be number one again after all these (six) years - this is one of the best weeks of my life". "It's a very deep satisfaction", Federer said.

'For me, this is a great era for men's tennis, ' Murphy said.

Federer, the 2005 and 2012 ABN AMRO champion, plays lucky loser Andreas Seppi of Italy in the semifinals on Saturday.

The South African eventually triumphed in a third-set tiebreak, winning 6-1, 3-6, 7-6.

"I was able to improve my tennis today when I needed to, I was able to take advantage". Nadal hasn't played since retiring hurt in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Top seed Federer took a wildcard into the event.

David Goffin is forced to retire from his semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov in the Rotterdam Open after the ball ricochets off his racket into his eye.

"Hopefully one day I can come back to Rotterdam", he said.

"I saw him right after, it was a little bit of a shock how he felt", Dimitrov said.

Like this: