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Rotterdam Open: Roger Federer beats Robin Haase to become oldest world number one

Roger Federer became the oldest world number one in tennis history after he beat Robin Haase at the Rotterdam Open. The 36-year-old replaces Rafael Nadal, 31, at the summit, as the Spaniard recovers from a thigh injury. Federer’s prospects looked slim when he lost the first set, but he dropped just two games thereafter to claim a 4-6 6-1 6-1 win and reach the semi-finals. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will face Italian Andreas Seppi or Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the last four. More to follow. Live scores, schedule and…

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'Age not an issue,' says Federer at 36 after 20th Grand Slam title

Media playback is not supported on this device Roger Federer said “age is not an issue” after he beat Marin Cilic to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title at the age of 36. The Swiss second seed won 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 to retain the title he won 12 months ago. Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open at 37, is the only man older than Federer to have won a major singles title in the Open era. “I’ve won three slams now…

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Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Grand Slam title – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device Australian Open final Coverage: Watch highlights of the final on BBC Two from 13:00 GMT. Roger Federer won his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic. The Swiss lost five games in a row as he dropped the fourth set but recovered to win 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1. Federer, 36, becomes only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles. “It’s…

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Federer into record seventh Australian Open final after Chung retires

Australian Open: Men’s final Venue: Melbourne Park Date: Sunday, 28 January Time: 08:30 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. Watch highlights on BBC Two from 13:00 GMT. Roger Federer made it through to a record seventh Australian Open final when South Korean Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semi-final. The Swiss led 6-1 5-2 when 21-year-old Chung was forced to call it quits, three games after being treated for a blister on his left foot. Defending champion Federer, 36,…

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Federer sets up Berdych quarter-final in Melbourne

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. Defending champion Roger Federer eased through to the Australian Open quarter-finals with a straight-set win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. The 19-time Grand Slam winner is yet to lose a set at Melbourne Park this year, seeing off world number 80 Fucsovics 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. Second seed Federer, 36, will face Czech…

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Players ready to fight for more prize money – Federer

2018 Australian Open Dates:15-28 JanuaryVenue:Melbourne Park Coverage:Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. Roger Federer has called for the Grand Slams to up their levels of prize money and said players are “bored’ of having to push the issue. The subject has been raised at the Australian Open after Novak Djokovic reportedly initiated a players-only meeting on the eve of the tournament. Federer, 36, is a former president of…

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'I am not sure it will go that well' – Federer after first-round win

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed former Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round in Melbourne. The Swiss produced a majestic display to show why he is favourite to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title at the age of 36. Bedene, who has…

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