Roger Federer has Rafael Nadal and history in his sights in Rotterdam

Roger Federer will make history if he replaces Rafael Nadal as world number one when he competes in Rotterdam next week.

The 36-year-old Swiss, fresh from winning his sixth Australian Open title last month and will return to to the top of the ATP rankings should he reach the last four in Holland.

He would also surpass Andre Agassi as the oldest ever world number one – the American was 33 when his sixth stint at the summit of men’s tennis ended in September 2003.

Federer told his official website: “The tournament is special for me.

“I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level. It feels good to join in the celebrations of the 45th edition.”