Federer battles ‘Baby Fed’ Dimitrov in Rotterdam final

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File photo: Roger Federer to battle Grigor Dimitrov in Rotterdam Open final

Roger Federer celebrated becoming the oldest man to reach the world number one ranking by making the Rotterdam Open final on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

The 36-year-old Federer racked up his 14th win from 15 matches with 33-year-old Seppi, the world number 81 who had enjoyed a memorable week by reaching the semi-finals as a ‘lucky loser’.

Top-seeded Federer will face the Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final. The Bulgarian bears the ‘Baby Fed’ nickname because he plays like Roger Federer.

Dimitrov, the second seed, advanced to the semi-finals when Belgian opponent David Goffin was forced to retire after injuring his eye when the ball flew off his own racquet.

Dimitrov was leading 6-3, 0-1 at the time.


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