Federer sets up Dimitrov Final in Rotterdam

World no 1 Roger Federer reached the Rotterdam Open final on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

Federer celebrates becoming the oldest player to be ranked no 1 with his 14th win from 15 matches with 33-year-old Seppi, the Italian world No 81 who had enjoyed a memorable week in the Dutch port city by reaching the semifinals as a ‘lucky loser’.

The Swiss maestro will face Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final as the Bulgarian advanced when Belgian opponent David Goffin was forced to retire after injuring his eye when the ball came off his own racquet.

In his post-match address, Federer said that despite not getting much sleep due to the excitement of his latest achievement, and draining more energy by watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the pre-dawn hours, he should be ready for Sunday’s final.

“I felt OK today, maybe a bit heavy on court but I was aggressive,” the 36-year-old said.

“I started finding energy midway through the first set, but the start was tough.”

Despite enjoying a 6-0 career stranglehold over Dimitrov, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will not take anything for granted on Sunday.

“I know him very well, he had an incredible year last season, winning London (the World Tour Finals) and Cincinnati. He’s beaten some good players and started this year solid.

“This has to be a week where he wants to win this tournament. I’ll try my best and hope it’s enough,” said Federer.

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