Roger Federer: 'I wake up earlier than ever because...'

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Roger Federer: 'I wake up earlier than ever because...'

In 1999, 17-year-old Roger Federer played in Rotterdam for the first time and had a great run, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to world no. 2, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, in three tight sets. Nineteen years later, the 36-year-old Roger left Rotterdam with his third title (2005 and 2012) and the world No.

1 ranking to his name after a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Grigor Dimitrov in rapid 55 minutes on February 18, 2018. It was Roger's 97th ATP crown and his second of the season after defending his Australian Open title, beating No.5 for the seventh time in as many meetings.

Grigor challenged Roger in the first four games before Federer raced through the rest of the clash, never facing a break point and stealing Dimitrov's serve four times from eight chances. Tournament director Richard Krajicek later revealed that Dimitrov fell ill on Saturday night and was unable to play at his best, which was evident on the court.

It was the 20th ATP 500 crown for Roger, who became the leader of that category after leaving Nadal in 19. More importantly, the Swiss became the longest-serving world number one at 36 and reached the 10,000-point mark for the first time since January 2013.

Roger was flawless in his service games, dropping seven points while holding Grigor away from break chances. Roger Federer won the Rotterdam title on February 18, 2018. On the other hand, Dimitrov couldn't do much with his serve, hitting just one ace and losing 45% of his points to find himself in trouble in almost every service game after those opening two.

It was the most desired final once the draw came out, and they got off to a great start, with just three points for the returnees in the first four games.

Federer has won numerous titles

Roger Federer recently opened up on how he has dealt with staying home for the last two years while recovering from a serious knee injury.

"The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life... because I actually feel very, very busy [nowadays]," Roger Federer said. "I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn't need as much rest as it used to.

I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o' clock in the morning. I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know.... just working hard, but still enjoy the process. The transition will be an interesting one, my life will be different, the carpet will be pulled from under my legs sometimes, you know?" he added.

"Maybe I see it easier than it will be, but I'm very confident about it and that's not because I don't want to come back. We'll see how it will be."