Ruben Bemelmans heaps major praise on Roger Federer

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Ruben Bemelmans heaps major praise on Roger Federer

Belgian tennis player Ruben Bemelmans has dropped a major praise on the great Roger Federer. The world No. 116 clashed against No. 1 seed Federer in the Rotterdam first round. The Swiss gave no chance to the Belgian as he earned a dominant 6-1 6-2 win to reach round two.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion then handled Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. 30-year-old Bemelmans clashed for the first time in his career against Federer, 36. Federer is widely considered to be greatest of all-time.

The 36-year-old is inching closer toward becoming No. 1 for the first time since 2012 as he will dethrone Rafael Nadal if he reaches the Rotterdam semi-finals. "Federer is without a doubt the best player I ever played," Bemelmans said post-match.

Bemelmans has played against Rafael Nadal two times so far in his career -- once against Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka -- and has yet to play against Novak Djokovic. The Belgian failed to beat any of the superstars mentioned above.

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