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Federer confirmed as oldest world No.1

Federer has returned to the top of the world rankings for the first time in six years © AFP/File / JOHN THYS

PARIS, France, Feb 19 Roger Federer officially returned to world number one as the latest ATP rankings were released on Monday, replacing old rival Rafael Nadal at the summit.

The 36-year-old, who beat Andre Agassi’s record as the oldest-ever No.1 en route to winning the Rotterdam Open title last week, will now look to stretch his lead over Nadal before the start of the claycourt season.

“It’s unbelievable to be number one again after all these (six) years — this is one of the best weeks of my life,” 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer said after beating Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final.

Bulgarian Dimitrov’s run to the final took him up one place to fourth above Alexander Zverev, while South Africa’s Kevin Anderson broke into the top 10 for the first time after winning the New York Open.

ATP top 20

1. Roger Federer (SUI) 10,105 pts (+1)

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,760 (-1)

3. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,960

4. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,635 (+1)

5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4,450 (-1)

6. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,220

7. David Goffin (BEL) 3,280

8. Jack Sock (USA) 2,880

9. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2,825 (+2)

10. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 2,815 (-1)

11. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2,660 (-1)

12. Sam Querrey (USA) 2,595

13. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2,475

14. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2,470

15. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 2,395

16. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2,335

17. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2,230

18. John Isner (USA) 2,205

19. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 1,985 (+1)

20. Andy Murray (GBR) 1,960 (+1)