Federer recently won the Australian Open 2018 Image: AFP
Without Roger Federer, the world would look like a physiotherapist's clinic full of injured tennis players. Rafael Nadal is down with a leg injury, Andy Murray is busy grappling with a hip problem, and Novak Djokovic's elbow injury is old news. If there's anyone throwing life into tennis with every point scored, it's Federer.
At 36, he's added another feather to his cap. He's now the oldest tennis player to top the sport's rankings. But what's more endearing about him is his inimitable humility laced with wit. After accomplishing the feat, he took to Twitter to say:
Apparently I'm the oldest tennis player with a #1️⃣ ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing 👴🏻— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 16, 2018
The Federer-Nadal rivarly has been on for years now. After holding the number one slot for a long time, Nadal had to bow out of the Australian Open due to injury, leaving scope for Federer to reign supreme. And Federer, being the legend he is, couldn't have missed out on this opportunity.
“Getting to No. 1 and enjoying it right here at 36, almost 37 years old is an absolute dream come true,” the Swiss legend said. He accomplished this feat after beating Dutch player Robin Haase 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at the ABN AMRO World Tournament. With that, he also surpassed Andre Agassi, who achieved this at the age of 33.