Marin Cilic full of praise for new world No. 1 Roger Federer

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Marin Cilic full of praise for new world No. 1 Roger Federer

Croatia's Marin Cilic dropped a major praise on the great Roger Federer. Federer, 36, is set to dethrone Spaniard Rafael Nadal from the top spot on Monday. The Swiss needed to reach the Rotterdam semi-finals in order to dethrone Nadal.

Federer defeated local hope Robin Haase in the quarter-finals 4-6 6-1 6-1 to earn yet another incredible achievement. The 36-year-old will be the oldest No. 1 in the history of tennis when the list gets updated. The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn't been ranked at No.

1 since 2012. Federer, who holds the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1, has spent 302 weeks at the top spot so far in his career. "It's an amazing achievement for him. He put himself in the position to be number one again.

For tennis it's great. He is an example that you can still improve in the age that he is," Cilic said on Federer reclaiming the No. 1 spot. World No. 3 Cilic lost in the Australian Open final to Federer in a five-setter.

The Croatian is now enjoying a career-high ranking following his great Australian Open run. Also read: Gael Monfils in 'Roland Garros mode'