ROTTERDAM, Netherlands : Federer beat Ruben Bemelmans in the first round yesterday and he now requires just two more wins to reach the semi-finals to overthrow Nadal from World no 1 spot.
If he achieves this feat, he would become the oldest top-ranked male player. Andre Agassi holds the record, at 33 years, 133 days old.
The Swiss hit six aces, dropped only four points on his serve, and broke Bemelmans four times in the first round and with flawless performance he defeated Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-2 in just 46 minutes at ABN AMRO tournament.
Federer, a two-time champion in Rotterdam, accepted a wildcard to feature in the 500 event and will next meet German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last 16.