Roger Federer can break this Rafael Nadal record in Rotterdam
Roger Federer is on the verge of creating history in Rotterdam. The Swiss superstar will become the oldest World No. 1 in tennis if he progresses to the semis of the tournament. But there is another Rafael Nadal world record which is within Federer’s range in the Netherlands.
Nadal, the present ATP No. 1, debuted at the summit of the rankings for the first time in August 2008 and can hold on to the top ranking in men’s tennis until the end of this week. The Spaniard holds the record for the longest time between his maiden appearance at the top of the rankings and the last time the 31-year-old Majorcan held it. If Nadal’s arch-rival Federer regains the top stop in Holland, Nadal’s record will stand at nine-and-a half years.
On the other hand, Federer became the top ranked player in the world for the first time in February 2004. If he reclaims the No. 1 ranking in Rotterdam it will come exactly after 14 years and 17 days since he first became the men’s No. 1 in tennis.
Nadal at the moment is the second oldest player to become the No.1 player in the world. Only former American icon Andre Agassi, who reached the top of the rankings at the age of 33 in 2003, was older than Nadal when he got to the pinnacle of the game.
Many pundits claim that Federer decided to take part in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament because he is desperate to break Andre Agassi’s record. Although, it wouldn’t be easy as his countryman Stan Wawrinka is his potential quarterfinal opponent.
Federer is just 155 points behind Nadal after winning his sixth Australian Open crown in Melbourne in January.
Federer’s record in Rotterdam is not so great by his lofty standards. He has participated in the tournament 8 times and has won the title only twice in 2005 and 2012.
Nadal, meanwhile, is recovering from a thigh injury and will be back in action in Acapulco at the end of the month.