19 Feb 2018

Federer wins in Rotterdam

5:46 am on 19 February 2018

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world tennis rankings with his second title of the season, swatting aside Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the final of the World Tournament in Rotterdam.

Roger Federer celebrates

Roger Federer. Photo: Supplied

Federer, 36, who became the oldest men's world number one after his semi-final victory over the weekend, broke his Bulgarian opponent early in the contest and cruised to a one-set lead at the Ahoy Rotterdam.

Playing flawless tennis, the 20-times major winner carried the momentum forward in the second set to seal the match in 55 minutes for his 97th career title and third in Rotterdam.

The Swiss, who won the Australian Open last month, also improved his head-to-head record against world number five Dimitrov to 7-0.