Roger Federer returns to world number one just five months before Wimbledon 2018
Roger Federer’s remarkable comeback from a knee operation in 2016 continued at the Rotterdam Open in February, when the 20-time Grand Slam winner became the oldest world number one in tennis history. By beating Robin Haase 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the last eight of the competition, the 36-year old reclaimed the top spot, which he first achieved 14 years ago in February 2004.
The Swiss said “Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. It’s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much.”
He continued, “This one means the most at 36 years of age. When you’re older you have to work double the amount. You have to wrestle it back from someone who’s worked hard to get there.”
The record was previously held by Serena Williams, who was 35 when she lost the women’s number one ranking in May 2017, just before she took a break from the sport to give birth to her first child. However, Williams still holds the record for the biggest time span between becoming world number one for the first and last time. The now 36-year old first became world number one in July 2002 and nearly 15 years later did it again when she topped the rankings in April 2017.
Since making his comeback, having taken six months out after his operation, Federer has won eight titles, including Wimbledon last year and two Australian Opens. With Federer likely to return to Wimbledon 2018 to defend his title, Serena Williams starting her comeback and Andy Murray having stated that he aims to return from hip surgery to play at The Championships, now is the perfect time to secure your tennis hospitality through STH Live.
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