It has become more of a norm now that with each new victory, Federer usually breaks a record or two. But wait, that's not the scary part. The fact is that he also knows each and every record that he has broken or is about to break. His greatness can be measured by his skills as well as his knowledge of the history of the game.
The latest record which he could break in next two weeks is to be the oldest world number one surpassing his former rival Andre Agassi if he reaches semi-finals at the Rotterdam Tennis tournament.
There were speculations whether or not Federer would participate in Dubai to give him a chance to reclaim the No. 1 Ranking as Nadal would also be participating at Acapulco at the same time.
But it looks like Federer doesn't want to put too much pressure on himself waiting for that. Instead, he would play next week at the tournament where he first competed in 1999 and started playing great tennis as reflected in his own statement.
Federer currently trails Nadal by 155 points in the ranking and would need to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam to be crowned No. 1 which would add to his 302 weeks at the top if he is able to achieve this feat. With clay court season approaching, this might be the best shot he might have to reclaim the top spot. Not to forget that he has a lot of points to defend in the coming weeks as he is the defending champion in Indian Wells and Miami.
Although Rotterdam seems to be the best prospect for Federer to reclaim the ranking, the line up at the tournament is far from easy. Stanislas Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev will all be in Roger's way so he might have to work really hard to get to the top. But if he is able to do so, It will be another huge milestone for Federer as this might be a perfect cherry on top of his recent 20th Grand Slam win.
Records that Federer might break:
1. The oldest player to be ranked No. 1 at the age of 36;
2. To be ranked No.1 after a period of 14 years since he first became No. 1 in 2004. Currently, this record is being held by Nadal (10 years difference having been ranked No. 1 for the first time in 2008 and again in 2017).Published 08 Feb 2018, 22:35 IST