Federer downs Seppi to reach Rotterdam final

Best Ad ever? Nike pays tribute to Roger Federer

Best Ad ever? Nike pays tribute to Roger Federer

Federer recently became the first tennis player to win 20 Grand Slam titles, defeating Croatia's Marin Čilić 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the final, and returns to the top of the global rankings this week to become the oldest ever men's world number one.

In the Open era, only American Jimmy Connors has won more titles with 109.

Bedene, who has reverted to competing for Slovenia, was beaten 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes by the 24-year-old Austrian.

"What a fantastic week", said Federer. "I would be pleased if he stays much longer in tennis". The goal was to make it to the semis but I won the tournament so I am very happy.

Federer, the record 20-time Grand Slam victor, will reclaim the number one ranking he last held in October 2012 when the new ATP rankings are published on Monday.

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20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer has signed a multi-year extension of his personal endorsement deal with German auto giant Mercedes-Benz. "If it's more, great, I'll take it".

However, he has since won eight titles, including Wimbledon previous year and two Australian Opens. "In between it was a battle, it was nerve-wracking, but I was able to manage my nerves and the expectations". "Getting the players back and making them feel incredibly welcome", the Daily Express quoted Federer, as saying.

Rafael Nadal, who has also enjoyed some scintillating form in the last 12 months, had previously held top spot having won two out of the year's four majors.

Nadal will next take to the court in Acapulco, but can not retake the top spot from Federer, who will enter Indian Wells at No. 1.

Federer will now decide within a few days whether or not to travel to Dubai for the ATP event starting a week from Monday.

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