Roger Federer surpasses Agassi to become oldest World No. 1 in tennis history

The Swiss champion re-claimed the top spot after a gap of over five years, which is the longest gap between stints as World No 1. He knocked off Rafael Nadal from the top and pushed him to the second place.

Feb 17, 2018 14:44 IST
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Twenty-time Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer became the oldest world number one after he defeated his Dutch opponent Robin Haase in Rotterdam at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament on February 16, 2018.

The Swiss champion once again claimed the top spot after dispatching Haase 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals in Rotterdam. In the semi-finals, he would be playing against the winner from the Andreas Seppi and Daniil Medvedev quarterfinal match.


This is the fourth time that Roger Federer has topped the ATP Rankings. The previous occasions included February 2, 2004, July 6, 2009 and July 9, 2012.

With this feat, Federer has broken multiple records.

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Records Broken

• Firstly at 36 years and 195 days, he surpassed the record of eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi of being the oldest world number 1. Agassi held the record at 33 years since September 2003.

• Secondly, Federer reclaimed his number one position after a gap of over five years, which is the longest gap between stints as World No 1.

• During this period, Federer won three Grand Slams (two Australian Opens in 2017 and recently in January and Wimbledon last year) and was forced into skipping Grand Slams in 2016 due to injury for the first time since 1999.

• The Swiss legend will also extend his record for total weeks at World No 1 to 303.

• Federer also overtook Rafael Nadal’s record of the period between first time as World No 1 and the latest.

• Federer’s record will now stand at 14 years and 17 days as against Nadal’s nine years and 184 days.

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