Roger Federer makes ATP history as oldest No 1 player in history

Roger Federer came from a set down in Rotterdam on Friday night to make history as he became the oldest man to top the ATP world rankings.

The 36-year-old took to the court for his quarterfinal clash against Dutchman Robin Haase knowing that victory would hand him the No 1 ranking.

It was, however, Haase who took the opening set as he threatened an upset.

Federer, though, faught back in epic style to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The victory means Federer, who became world number one for the first time in February 2004 and has not topped the rankings since 2012, is now the world’s number 1 player.

In doing so he broke Andre Agassi’s record with the America 33 when he last sat on top of the world rankings.

“Well it’s a deep sense of satisfaction,” Federer said.

“A lot of work went into it, coming back from the injury obviously.

“Just having had the year that I’ve had, winning three slams, that’s what it took to get the ranking.

“I think I’ve shown resilience. I have a great team around me and we took a lot of good decisions in the last three years.

“I always planned for longevity and I never gave up that I could get back to winning ways, without ever dreaming of world number again to be honest, that was too far.