Fed­erer be­gins bid for No. 1 spot with easy win

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

ROT­TER­DAM, NETHER­LANDS >> At the age of 36, Roger Fed­erer is now two wins away from re­claim­ing the top rank­ing for the first time in six years.

Fed­erer be­gan his cam­paign at the ABN AMRO tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day with a flaw­less per­for­mance, de­feat­ing Ruben Bemel­mans 6-1, 6-2 in just 46 min­utes.

Fed­erer will re­place his old ri­val Rafael Nadal at No. 1 if he reaches the semi­fi­nals at the in­door tour­na­ment. By achiev­ing the feat, he would also be­come the old­est top-ranked male player. An­dre Agassi holds the record, at 33 years, 133 days old.

Fed­erer next plays Philipp Kohlschreiber, a player he has never lost to in 12 pre­vi­ous matches.

Ear­lier, David Gof­fin eased into the quar­ter­fi­nals by de­feat­ing Feli­ciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3. Gof­fin had nine aces and dropped just two points be­hind his first serve to ex­tend his un­beaten record against Lopez to 3-0.

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