Federer cruises past Dimitrov to claim Rotterdam title

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The 36-year-old became the oldest world No 1 in ATP history this week after beating Robin Hasse in the quarter-final in Rotterdam.

David Goffin was forced to retire from his Rotterdam Open semi-final with Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday (AEDT), after suffering a freak eye injury early in the second set. "It's unbelievable to get my 97th title and get back to World No. 1". This is his third Rotterdam title, a record for the event.

Federer's 97 career ATP singles title places him in second place all-time and he is now 12 singles titles shy of equaling the Jimmy Connors record of 109 titles. Earning more ranking points in Rotterdam before his points from Indian Wells and Miami dropped off allowed Federer to sneak past Nadal into the No. 1 ranking and earn yet another historic achievement.

"Thank you very much for the great, great welcome I got this week".

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Federer said he had expected a tougher afternoon against Dimitrov who will rise from five to four in the rankings. "Grigor is a great player and a great athlete and he's been playing super well in recent months".

"I was able to improve my tennis today when I needed to, I was able to take advantage".

In the doubles final, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut ended Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic's unbeaten start to the season (17-0), claiming their 11th team title.

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