Roger Federer took step one in his journey to changing into the oldest world primary with a straight-sets victory over Ruben Bemelmans on Wednesday evening (14 February). He’ll now face Philip Kohlschreiber within the second spherical of the Rotterdam Open.
The Swiss ace can take over Andre Agassi’s document – the American was 33-years-old when he grew to become the world primary in 2003. Federer must make the semi-finals on the ongoing Rotterdam Open to topple Rafael Nadal from the highest of the world rankings.
The 36-year-old made gentle work of Bemelmans within the first spherical cruising to 6-1, 6-2 win in beneath an hour and can go into the match towards Kohlschreiber because the overwhelming favorite. The 20-time males’s singles Grand Slam champion is simply two wins away from creating historical past.
Federer, nevertheless, isn’t counting his chickens earlier than they hatch and admitted after his win over the left-handed Belgian that he must make a slight change in his sport as he will likely be dealing with a right-handed participant in Kohlschreiber.
Regardless of the slight change, the Swiss tennis legend is in a assured temper after revealing that he enjoys taking part in towards the German. The duo’s most up-to-date encounter was within the fourth spherical of the 2017 US Open when Federer gained in straight units, with Kohlschreiber trailing the present world quantity two 12-Zero of their head-to-head conferences.
“It is a totally different match, altering from lefty to righty,” Federer stated after his first-round win, as quoted by the Express. “I simply hope I can play a great match. It’s a dash to the end.”
“The start will likely be essential tomorrow, you do not need to fall behind, you need to keep centered all the way in which. Any lapses might imply that you simply get in hassle.
“However, I take pleasure in taking part in towards Philipp (Kohlschreiber), I performed actually good towards him on the US Open so I hope I can hold that up tomorrow evening,” the Swiss ace added.
If Federer overcomes Kohlschreiber on Thursday (15 February) he’ll face the winners of the conflict between Robin Haase and Stan Wawrinka conqueror Tallon Griekspoor.