Roger Federer set to begin quest to regain world number one ranking in Rotterdam

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Roger Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne in January.

Roger Federer is a man who possesses more talent than most of us could only dream of, with one of the Swiss’s powers seemingly being his ability to go back to the future.

Or, that’s what it feels like anyway as Federer is set to defy time again.

This week, fresh from his record-breaking 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month, he will begin his campaign at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam and the end goal of becoming the world’s oldest number one in the history of the ATP World Tour.

The 36-year-old, who lies just 155 ranking points behind current top dog Rafael Nadal, can surpass his great rival if he makes the semi-finals at an event he has won twice previously.

Injury-stricken Nadal is not due to play until Acapulco at the end of the month, meaning a last-four berth this week would see Federer replace Andre Agassi as the eldest statesman to accomplish the feat. The American has held the record since 2003, when he topped the world aged 33 years and 131 days.

Federer, himself, is of course a man with a great affinity to top spot having been at the summit for a record 302 weeks throughout his career, with 237 of them being consecutive from February 2004 to August 2008. Obviously, that was another squiggle in the history book next to his name.

The fact he hasn’t been atop of the rest since November 2012 just adds another dimension to a man who seems to be getting better with age.

A master of his schedule, the Swiss was granted a late wildcard by tournament director and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek to enter the event – knowing full well that his window to go top was small given he has plenty of points to defend at Indian Wells and the Miami Open next month. For UAE tennis fans, it is disappointing that we won’t see Federer in action at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship this year but again, it’s easy to see why he chose to play in the Netherlands.

Federer, who only dropped two sets en-route to a record-equalling sixth major crown in Melbourne, will face Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans in the first round on Wednesday and could take on compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. That’s not a foregone conclusion despite the three-time Grand Slam champion’s indifferent form, but Alexander Zverev potentially awaits in the semi-final and Grigor Dimitrov in the final.

Few would argue against him going all the way to the title.

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Federer visits Rottnest Island, takes selfie with quokka

Sport360 staff 28/12/2017

Roger Federer is in Perth ready to start the new season at the 2018 Hopman Cup, but before he takes to the court down under, the legendary 19-time Grand Slam champion has been soaking up the sights.

On Thursday, the Swiss took in the famed Rottnest Island and Parakeet Bay, where he met fans, had time for a BBQ and even took a selfie with a quokka.

In the gallery above, we look back at the highlights from Federer’s first day in Western Australia.

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Federer named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, a look at awards he's won in 2017

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Federer has previously won the award in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Roger Federer has been voted BBC overseas sports personality of the year for a record fourth time after an astonishing season during which he picked up two more Grand Slam titles.

The Swiss, 36, returned from six months out with knee and back trouble to win the Australian Open before picking up a record eighth Wimbledon crown and ended the season with a 52-5 record, ranked world number two behind his great rival Rafael Nadal.

Federer previously won the award, which is voted for by the public, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Muhammad Ali and Usain Bolt have each won it three times.

“It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC overseas sports personality of the year for 2017,” said Federer.

Federer won the Australian Open and the Wimbledown crown in 2017.

Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017.

“The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I’m here is amazing and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sports people of all time is extremely humbling.”

He overcame competition from American football quarterback Tom Brady, swimmer Katie Ledecky, para-athlete Tatyana McFadden, athlete Sally Pearson, and darts player Michael van Gerwen.

Federer and the other award winners will be honoured during Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool.

Ever the fan favourite, Federer has scooped numerous awards for his stunning 2017 season. Here’s a look at the others he’s received…

ATPWORLDTOUR.COM FANS’ FAVOURITE

Fans voted for Federer to win this award for a 15th consecutive year. Just like the man they adore, Federer fans are perennial winners.

ATP STEFAN EDBERG SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Another award usually claimed by Federer, this is the 13th time and seventh year in a row that he has been recognised with the Sportsmanship Award – he also won it six straight years from 2004 to 2009. Juan Martin del Potro looked like shoo-in for this one when he helped an injured and weeping Nicolas Almagro on court during their French Open match in May, but it was Federer who took the honour once again.

ATP COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This is the first time Federer has won this award, and like they say, there’s always a first time for everything.

“The Comeback Player of the Year obviously is very special because it has felt like a big massive comeback for me after missing seven, eight months of the season, even if this one I feel I share a lot with the other players,” Federer was quoted as saying by Atpworldtour.com.

“Everyone who had a comeback has worked extremely hard, is happy to be back and healthy. Rafa also ranks supreme to me because not only did he come back, but he finished the year world No. 1, so there’s an asterisk for me. I’m happy to get it, but I feel like also other players deserve it.”

CREDIT SUISSE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

Federer was named Switzerland’s Sportsman of the Year at the Credit Suisse Sports Awards. While it was a no-brainer for those who voted for him, his children had other thoughts it seems.

“My children said to me, ‘Why are you maybe going to get a prize tonight? It’s Rafa who is number one’,” Federer revealed after he won the award.

SIGN OF THE YEAR

Federer was named ‘Sign of the Year’ by the Swiss Deaf Association earlier this month. Here’s how the 36-year-old showed his appreciation for that honour.

NOMINATIONS

GQ MOST STYLISH MAN OF 2017

Federer was named GQ’s Most Stylish Man in 2016, and he is going for the double. The Swiss has edged out Edgar Ramirez in the first round of voting and is now up against former US president Barack Obama. Federer currently has 94 per cent of the votes in his voting showdown against Obama.

LAUREUS BEST SPORTING MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Federer is nominated in this category alongside Rafael Nadal for their doubles match at Laver Cup. Federer won the Laures Sportsman of the Year award four times in a row from 2005 to 2008.

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