Roger Federer became the oldest world No 1 in history last week as he beat Robin Haase on route to winning the Rotterdam Open – the 97th title of his career.

The 36-year-old returns to the summit of the men’s rankings 14 years after he first reached top spot.

Federer remains the only player still competing from the top 10 from back in 2004 when the likes of Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman and Andre Agassi all featured.

And when asked how that made him feel, Federer couldn’t help but laugh when giving his response.

“It tells me that I am old, very old,” the Swiss veteran said.

“I saw a list of the top 50 and there is only like four guys of us still playing. And three of them being Spaniards, that is interesting.

“It just happens to be this way. What do you want me to tell you? (Laughter) I wish they would still be playing.

“Many of them were friends of mine. And there were guys I looked up to and admired.

“I miss the guys that I came through at the time then.”

On returning to the No 1 spot for the first time in over five years, Federer expressed the importance of breaking records at this stage in his career.

“This one means the most at 36 years of age, almost 37,” Federer said.

“When you’re older you have to work double the amount. You have to wrestle it back from someone who’s worked hard to get there.

“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.”

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