Wilander ‘not sure’ if Fed can grab No 1 ranking

Roger Federer may hold the record for the most time spent at number 1 in the ATP rankings but don’t expect him to launch a charge for a 303rd week in the top spot; that’s according to Mats Wilander.

Federer enters 2018’s first Grand Slam ranked second in the world , trailing Rafael Nadal by 905 points.

But while Nadal is returning to the game after yet another injury layoff, Federer has been in fine form in the build up to the Australian Open, winning last week’s Hopman Cup for Switzerland.

It has raised questions about whether more Grand Slams and world number ones await the 36-year-old.

However, Wilander reckons only the former will hold any importance for Federer.

“I’m not sure if he [will become] the oldest No 1,” Wilander, Eurosport’s new Australian Open commentator, said.

“I’m sure that he is now not really worrying about [the ranking] because he’s winning Grand Slams.

“Maybe towards the middle of this year he might worry about being No 1 in the world but he has so many ranking points to defend in the next few months with Australia and also Miami and Indian Wells.”