Roger Federer’s path to turning into the ATP males’s singles world primary turned a contact simpler after Stan Wawrinka succumbed within the first spherical of the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday (13 February).
The Swiss ace has to make it to at the very least the semi-finals of the occasion within the Netherlands to switch long-time rival Rafael Nadal on the high of the rankings and it was believed that compatriot Wawrinka, who was anticipated to face Federer within the quarter-finals, could be a possible impediment between him and his record-breaking achievement.
The 36-year-old will develop into the oldest primary ranked participant beating Andre Agassi’s file if he makes it to the semi-final and following Wawrinka’s defeat his progress to the final 4 seems more and more probably.
The 32-year-old, who’s getting back from a long-term knee damage that required surgical procedure in 2016, went down in three sets to local wildcard entrant Tallon Griekspoor. Wawrinka received the primary set 6-Four however misplaced the subsequent two Three-6, 2-6 to finish his week early.
Federer hoped to face his compatriot within the final eight of the competitors – evaluating their potential showdown to a serious remaining. Wawrinka’s loss gives a chance to the Dutch teenager, who will subsequent face the winners of Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker.
Federer, in the meantime, will play his first match of the match towards Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans on Wednesday (14 February) with the winner going through Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Federer will likely be eager to win the Rotterdam title for the third time in his profession after revealing that the occasion is particular because it is without doubt one of the first tournaments he performed after turning professional in 1998, however Alexandre Zverev could possibly be a possible roadblock if he makes it to the semi-finals after the third seed made it to the second spherical with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer.