Will Federer reach number 1?
There has been a huge amount written about Roger Federer since he lifted his twentieth grand slam title in Melbourne. We know he dearly loves the game. We only have to watch his raw acceptance speech in which he broke down several times with the enormity of the situation. Many are asking what is left for Federer to achieve? Surely he will want more slam titles and perhaps have an eye on Margaret Court but if Federer were not to win a slam again he would certainly not regret it. In the short term there is a possiblility for Federer to return to the number one ranking before the beginning of March and the North American Hardcourt Swing.
Federer has a grand total of 302 weeks at world number one. At the moment he is on the cusp of returning to the top slot if he were to play another tournament and do well he could surpass Rafael Nadal. Big ifs and buts. Nadal is scheduled to play in the Mexican Open in Alberqueue the same week as Dubai. If Rafa does not enter, or fails to reach the semi-finals in Mexico, and Federer wins the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships , then Roger will return to the top of the charts. Although Federer has always prioritised health given that he is so close to regaining the top slot it seems very tempting for him to compete. Aside from a 303 week as number one , Federer would also be the oldest ever number one ranked player. A record I am sure he would like to achieve and take away from Andre Agassi.
The ABN Amro tournament actually announced on their site that Federer would be taking a wildcard for their event beginning in Rotterdam on 12th February. Fed clearly thinks the short hop over to Rotterdam suits him better than heading to Dubai. He could still enter Dubai to seal the world number one ranking too. To reach the number one ranking Roger must win 3 matches at Rotterdam, no small ask given the strength of field in Holland.
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Federer will return to number one next week if he reaches the semi finals. He will come up against Dimitrov, Zverev Junior, Tsonga, Wawrinka and a few others who can certainly cause him trouble. It is clearly a risk that Federer thinks is worth taking especially given that Rafael Nadal is still suffering from a upper high injury and is not scheduled to play until 26th February.
What else is there out there for Federer to achieve?
There are some Masters Series Events he has yet to win. Notably Rome and Monte Carlo which are both on clay and may not be on his immediate short term plan. Despite his success last year Federer also failed to win the ATP World Tour Finals title in the 02 arena. He will want to at least win one more title. There is also the possibility that Federer will want to win an individual gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Although Federer has a gold medal it is for the mens Doubles in Beijing with partner Stan Wawrinka.