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ATP Rotterdam: Roger Federer beats Philipp Kohlschreiber, No.1 ranking draws closer


ROGER Federer moved to within one victory of becoming the oldest man to take the world number one ranking on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Rotterdam Open.

The 36-year-old will now face either Robin Haase or Tallon Griekspoor in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber. The first set was a 54-minute struggle with the top seed having to work hard against the veteran German who was broken for the only time in the match when he double-faulted to hand Federer a 6-5 lead in the second set.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner, then eased to victory in the 12th game with a volley winner on second match point.



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