Roger Federer kick-started his makes an attempt to develop into the oldest world primary in tennis historical past with a routine win over Ruben Bemelmans in spherical one on the Rotterdam Open.
The Swiss received 6-1 6-2 over the world quantity 116 in simply 47 minutes, barely breaking sweat on his method to the final 16.
Federer will now play German Philipp Kohlschreiber in spherical two after he overcame Karen Khachanov.
A semi-final end on the ABN AMBO World Tennis Event might be sufficient for Federer to switch Rafael Nadal on the prime of the ATP standings.
And the 36-year-old started that marketing campaign – in his first match for the reason that Australian Open closing final month – with as straightforward a win as he may have wished for.
In entrance of a capability crowd on the Ahoy Rotterdam, Federer received the primary 5 video games in a row as Bemelmans, in his first assembly with the 20-time grand slam champion – regarded overawed by the event.
Bemelmans had received two qualifying matches to achieve the principle draw however was unable to benefit from the chance gifted to him. He did register one recreation nevertheless it acted as transient resistance as Federer took the opening set immediately.
The second set began in related style with Federer claiming an early break as Bemelmans was made to scamper across the courtroom, however to no avail.
The Belgian did reel off 4 straight factors to path 2-1 however he was unable to exert any real stress on Federer, who dropped one additional recreation earlier than confirming victory in lower than an hour.
Kohlschreiber awaits within the second spherical on Thursday [15 February], with Federer having received all 12 of their earlier conferences together with ultimately 12 months’s US Open.
His opponent within the quarter-finals could possibly be Robin Hasse after he prevailed within the all-Dutch final 32 conflict towards wild card Thiemo de Bakker.
Federer’s will eclipse Andre Agassi because the oldest world No.1 if he does certainly return to the summit of males’s tennis, and he has been boosted by the harm withdrawals of Nick Kyrgios and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in addition to the early exit of Stan Wawrinka, who was dumped out on day two by Tallon Griekspoor.