Federer hails 97th title

18 February 2018 12:29:41 EST

Roger Federer is celebrating the 97th singles title of his career after beating Grigor Dimitrov in the final of the Rotterdam Open.

The top seed at the tournament, Federer became the oldest man to reach number one in the world rankings, overtaking Rafael Nadal courtesy of reaching the semi-finals in Rotterdam and he backed that up with his third Rotterdam title beating Dimitrov in straight sets 6-2 6-2.

I'm not sure how many more years I will be playing but I will never forget this week.

Roger Federer

It was a match that lasted just 55 minutes on court with Federer dominating throughout, first breaking the Dimitrov serve for 3-2 in the opening set and he closed it out with few problems.

His own serve was broken in the second, the Bulgarian briefly threatening a comeback but it was short-lived and Dimitrov, who wasn't moving freely, especially in the second set, was well beaten in the end and he is still yet to beat Federer, the world number one now having a 7-0 record against him.

It was also Federer's 97th singles title putting him 12 short of the all-time record held by Jimmy Connors.

Federer said on court after sealing the victory: "I started like this for two years at my home tournament in Basel.

"Always a special thank you to you guys. That is what inspired me to become a tennis player and I'm still living the dream.
Hopefully one day I can come back to Rotterdam.

"I'm not sure how many more years I will be playing but I will never forget this week."

Federer started the year by winning the Australian Open in Melbourne and, with the clay court season fast approaching, the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year is on the horizon.

He is 12/1 to win in Paris later this year, defending champion Nadal is 4/5 with Novak Djokovic is priced at 9/2.

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