Roger Federer announced on Wednesday that he will play in next week’s ATP event in Rotterdam, where a run to the semi-finals would make him the oldest-ever world number one.
Reclaiming the No.1 spot would be yet another magical milestone in Federer’s stunning career renaissance.
The 36-year-old last held top spot in October, 2012 and by getting back on top he would easily surpass Andre Agassi (33 years, 13 days) as the oldest men’s No.1 on the ATP rankings.
Federer won the Rotterdam Open in 2005 and 2012.
“The tournament is special for me,” Federer told the official website.
“I remember playing for the first time in 1999 as it was one of the first events where I got the chance to play at the highest level.”
Tournament director Richard Krajicek said: “After his fantastic result at the Australian Open, it is tremendous news that he will be joining us in Rotterdam.
“It is a crown to the celebration of the history of our tournament.
“The last 12 months have shown his tremendous drive. It makes perfect sense that he wants to capitalise on his current form.”