The emotions of the moment.
He was the first to congratulate Federer on Friday. The turnaround has been monstrous.
It was not clear how serious the injury was.
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Each sport has it's galaxy of champions. Tennis just seems to be giving back to the man who has given so much to the sport he loves. This is very special and therefore I am happy.
Who's really going to question Federer?
Federer, who won his 20th Grand Slam in the Australian Open last month, became the number one for the first time in February 2004, and in this way he made a new record for the longest interval between being one of the first and his achievements of the present. In the ceremony for Federer that followed, the 20-time major champion lauded Haase's efforts amid his current physical state, which confirmed reports that were circulating about back problems for the Dutchman.
In football, when a Neymar or Ronaldo scores a goal, the celebration is larger.
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The referee had no choice but to trust the legend, letting him proceed to his second serve.
A demoralized Haase double-faulted on match point and after an initially restrained celebration Federer sat on his chair and looked close to tears as his feat sank in - as did some of the Swiss fans leading the rapturous applause. After remaining undefeated against the 34-year-old German, Federer then came from a set down to defeat Haase, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
"What an amazing run its been and a journey it's been for me.to clinch world No. 1", Federer, 36, said. "I woke up, I had a good sleep and then watched the Winter Olympics for three-four hours, before I headed on-site".
And Petchey has explained the secret to his success. Novak Djokovic is the closest currently active player, with 223 weeks at No. 1.
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Federer, who accepted a wildcard to the tournament earlier this month, will replace Rafael Nadal when the rankings are updated on Monday. But instead of taking the point and the game, Federer called his own serve out.
It's been 14 years since he first held the No. 1 ranking.
As a talented junior, Federer's on-court tantrums and hair-trigger temper threatened to stunt his progress.
"I've struggled to try and get there". Well, Agassi of course.
As one whose brand value exceeds LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Neymar, Federer has nothing left to achieve.
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"He is in great form", Federer said of Dimitrov.
"But", he concluded, "I think it all comes with my positivity and the enjoyment I take from the game".
Billy Jean King noted that age is just a number. At 36, top tennis players have walked into sunset.
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