Roger Federer goes into this week’s ATP Rotterdam Open as the world No 2 but with Rafael Nadal not competing, a successful tournament for the Swiss veteran could see him move to the top of the world rankings once again.
Federer and Wawrinka could meet in the quarter-finals if they both win their opening two matches and the latter is not getting ahead of himself ahead of his first round clash with Tallon Griekspoor.
“Becoming No 1 again would be special for Roger, like everything he's done in the past,” Wawrinka said.
“It would be really special to see him back at No 1.
“The quarter might be an important match but it's more important for me to focus on my first round."
Roger Federer can become world No 1 once again this week
Federer is in a confident mood of his own, fresh from his Australian Open win last month, and admits the chance to become world No 1 for the first time in more than five years is fuelling his motivation to do well.
"After the Australian Open was over, I thought I'd love to play Rotterdam and give it a go," Federer said.
"Our team is very excited, that I'm here and that I will give it a go.
"You have to do it, not because it's the right thing to do, but you have to be here with all your heart and really go for it. Try my very best. Having the option of getting to number one is highly motivating and very exciting to say the least.
Mon, February 12, 2018
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Stan Wawrinka could go head to head with Roger Federer at the ATP Rotterdam Open
"I played at the Australian Open not thinking about the rankings, but I knew I had the flexibility in February over my calendar.”
On the possibility of playing Swiss compatriot Wawrinka, Federer added: "If I get back to that spot you don't want it to happen in an easy way.
“The achievement would be quite incredible. It's exciting to have Stan in my section (of the draw).”
Federer gets his campaign underway tomorrow against Ruben Bemelmans.
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