Accolades Pour In For Federer As He Reclaims No. 1 World Ranking

Roger Federer

WASHINGTON, February 17, 2018 (by Michael Dickens)

Soon after Roger Federer reclaimed the No. 1 world ranking for the first time since November 2012 and surpassed Andre Agassi to become the oldest male tennis player to achieve World No. 1, the accolades began pouring in for the Swiss maestro from several Hall of Fame greats – including Agassi – as well as his longtime friend Dame Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue.

By reaching the semifinals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with his 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Robin Haase on Friday night, it guaranteed Federer would earn at least 180 ATP rankings points to push ahead of current No. 1 Rafael Nadal by 25 points when the new Emirates ATP Rankings are released Monday.

Among the first to congratulate Federer was Agassi, who at 33 years old and 133 days was previously the oldest male World No. 1.

Also congratulating the Swiss maestro was former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, who tweeted:

Men’s great Rod Laver sent his congratulations, tweeting:

And women’s great Billie Jean King tweeted:

Meanwhile, Darren Cahill, who once coached former No. 1 Agassi and is now coach for current women’s No. 1 Simona Halep, tweeted:

Wintour, a longtime regular in Federer’s box at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, told “Roger is absolutely terrific with numbers: 20 Grand Slam victories, eight Wimbledon wins, five consecutive U.S. Open titles – and he’s the father to not one but two sets of twins. When you take into account that kind of winning streak, who else could become the world’s oldest number one player at the age of 36 than Roger?”

Soaking it all in with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne, Federer took to Twitter and responded:

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Michael Dickens is a Washington, D.C.-area freelance journalist who writes and blogs about tennis.