Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Federer wins in Rotterdam

Federer wins in Rotterdam

Earlier in the day, fourth seed and last year's runner-up Goffin reached an ATP World Tour semi-final for the second straight week (Open Sud de France in Montpellier) when sixth seed Tomas Berdych, the 2014 champion, pulled out ahead of their quarter-final due to illness.

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

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 next play in Indian Wells in California and the Miami Open - titles he swept previous year.

"It was a great week, but I just came up short today", Dimitrov said.

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The Swiss-ace said his next target is 100 career titles.

"97 is not 100 yet, you've got to stay healthy if you want to get close to finals".

Federer's title win in Rotterdam is his third at the tournament, having beaten current coach Ivan Ljubicic in 2005 and Juan Martin del Potro in 2012.

"I was expecting a tough final, but I could see that Grigor was not at his best midway through".

"Grigor is a great player and a great athlete and he's been playing super well in recent months", he said. I was able to execute my tennis the way I wanted to. "I'm very, very happy". He deserves to win the tournament and played unbelievable tennis the whole week. "Anything can happen, but all credit to Roger".

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