At 36, Roger Federer has just become the oldest man to be ranked number one in history of men’s tennis
He did it!
Roger Federer beat Robin Haase in three sets in Rotterdam today and the victory gives him just enough ranking points to become the oldest number one ranked men’s player in tennis history.
At 36, Federer is three years older than the previous record holder Andre Agassi.
It’s an astounding accomplishment and comes on the heels of Federer winning the Australian Open last month – a record 20th grand slam singles title.
Federer’s great rival, Rafael Nadal, had regained the top ranking last fall. He is a mere 31.
The last time Federer held the top ranking was in the fall of 2012. His first stint as number one began in early 2004 and over that span, he spent more weeks (302) as number one than any other player in history and the most consecutive weeks (237).
“What an amazing run it’s been and a journey it’s been for me,” Federer said after the win. “Getting to No. 1 and enjoying it right here at 36, almost 37 years old is an absolute dream come true. I can’t believe it.”
“Reaching No. 1 is one of, if not the ultimate, achievement in our sport,” he added. “Sometimes at the beginning you get there just because you play so well. Later, you sometimes try to fight it back and you wrest it back from somebody else who deserved to be there, and when you’re older, you feel like you have to put maybe double the work in. So this one maybe means the most to me throughout my career.”