Roger Federer begins bid for No. 1 spot with easy win at Rotterdam

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Published 10:39 a.m. ET Feb. 14, 2018 | Updated 4:06 p.m. ET Feb. 14, 2018

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — At the age of 36, Roger Federer is now two wins away from reclaiming the top ranking for the first time in six years.

Federer began his campaign at the ABN AMRO tournament on Wednesday with a flawless performance, defeating Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-2 in just 46 minutes.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was in complete control against the Belgian qualifier. The Swiss hit six aces, dropped only four points on his serve, and broke Bemelmans four times in the first round.

Federer will replace his old rival Rafael Nadal at No. 1 if he reaches the semifinals at the indoor tournament. By achieving the feat, he would also become the oldest top-ranked male player. Andre Agassi holds the record, at 33 years, 133 days old.

Federer next plays Philipp Kohlschreiber, a player he has never lost to in 12 previous matches.

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