And upon sealing the result in the Rotterdam quarter-finals on Friday, the tributes flowed for the 36-year-old Swiss star from current and former players, coaches, sporting greats and fans alike.
Federer surpasses Andre Agassi as the oldest player to reach No. 1. The American stood at the pinnacle at age 33 on 7 September 2003 and was among the first to tip his hat to the feat.
36 years 195 days…@RogerFederer continues to raise the bar in our sport. Congratulations on yet another remarkable achievement!!
Federer To Return To No. 1, Reaches Rotterdam SFs
Having deemed his return to the top as “one of, if not the ultimate achievement in our sport”, given his age, Federer said this stint at No. 1 meant the most. Amid all the heady praise, he preferred to make fun at his own expense.
Apparently I’m the oldest tennis player with a #1️⃣ ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing 👴🏻
When Federer surpasses Rafael Nadal on Monday, he will break the longest time between reigns at World No.1, having last held down top spot on 4 November 2012, five years and 106 days ago. A string of retired players – many now respected coaches, including Federer’s one-time coach Paul Annacone – joined Agassi in paying tribute.
“His-story” continues …@rogerfederer congrats another amazing chapter written …incredible effort Team RF enjoy …..
congrats 🎈🎊🎉 to RF2.0 @rogerfederer amazing accomplishment back at #1 at 36 years young
.@rogerfederer your unsurpassable brilliance continues to define the sport of tennis.
WORLD NR 1 again!🎾👍@rogerfederer is like a good bottle of wine who just gets better with age;). Amazing accomplishment!👏👏👏👏
What an amazing accomplishment from @rogerfederer to become the oldest 🌍 no.1. What records next for the man who defies logic and gets better with age 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Congrats @rogerfederer and Team. RF,every record is a testament to your passion and commitment to the game on every level . 👍
— roger rasheed (@roger_rasheed) February 16, 2018
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) February 16, 2018
Age is just a number…@rogerfederer back to #1! 🐐
#36 #20 #1
— yves allegro (@yvesallegro) February 16, 2018
congrats 🐐 https://t.co/POb3SzJQ6j
Federer back at where he belongs… #1 👏👏👏
Que grande @rogerfederer
🏆 #1 a los 36 años.
Thank you @rogerfederer for all you’ve done for our sport. Truly grateful to be able to witness this time.
G O A T rogerfederer 🔜 1️⃣ 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/I5fRzj0lAZ
Sporting legends from the likes of German footballer Mesut Özil to South African golfer Gary Player were among those to honour Federer’s achievement.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 16, 2018
Congratulations @rogerfederer back at World #1. Respect. Age is just a number. GOAT
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) February 16, 2018
— Nicola Spirig (@NicolaSpirig) February 16, 2018
There was no shortage of fans, too, paying their respects. The Swiss great’s achievement was resonating globally on social media.
— renaud Capuçon (@RCapucon) February 16, 2018
— Allez Roger (@kah22jad) February 16, 2018
I always thought playing 65 Grand Slams in a row was arguably Roger #Federer‘s most incredible record but returning to the TOP spot 14 years after the first time takes the cake.
— Mikhail (@FedexMahindra18) February 16, 2018
Roger Federer desveres to be up there with Lionel Messi as players who revolutionised their respective sports.
— Medo (@Mediostability) February 16, 2018