The 36-year-old Swiss tennis player beat Robin Haase in the Rotterdam Open to replace 31-year-old Rafael Nadal at the top of the ranking.
.@rogerfederer rewrites history in Rotterdam:
With his victory today, Federer has now surpassed Andre Agassi to become the oldest World No. 1 in ATP history!
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) February 16, 2018
Federer has now surpassed eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he lost the number one spot in September 2003. The rankings will be updated on Monday shifting Federer from number two to number one.
36 years 195 days…@RogerFederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!
— Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) February 16, 2018
“This one means the most at 36 years of age, almost 37,” said Federer in televised comments.
“Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. It’s been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much.”