World No. 2 Roger Federer insists that he doesn't feel bad about his Rotterdam draw. The 36-year-old will dethrone Spain's Rafael Nadal from the top spot if he reaches the Rotterdam semi-finals. Federer could potentially take on fellow compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn't been ranked at No. 1 since 2012. "I would love to be in that position against anybody. If I get back to that spot you don’t want it to happen in an easy way. The achievement would be quite incredible.
Exciting to have Stan in my section," Federer said on potentially getting back to the No. 1 ranking against Wawrinka, per the tournament Twitter account. No. 1 seed Federer is set to open his campaign against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.
Should the Swiss beat Bemelmans, he would be meeting either German Philip Kohlschreiber or rising Karen Khachanov in round two. On the other side, Wawrinka is set to take on local wildcard Tallon Griekspoor in round one -- before he potentially clashes against Robin Haase or Thiemo De Bakker.
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