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Federer beats Dimitrov for 97th career title

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP):

Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal on Friday. Yesterday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure.

Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title.

"What a week it's been. Absolutely amazing," Federer said. "The goal was to make the semis, and I won the tournament, so of course, I'm incredibly excited and so, so happy."

The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed 'Baby Fed' for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.

Federer's third title at the Rotterdam tournament comes a day before he officially returns to the top of the rankings, more than five years after he was last world No. 1.

He will become the oldest person to hold the No. 1 position when the rankings are updated today. It has been more than five years since Federer was last No. 1, and 14 years since he first reached the top spot.

Federer, who has 20 Grand Slams to his name, said that his next target is 100 career titles. He moved a step closer yesterday.