{
    "title": "Federer eager to reclaim top ranking",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Roger-Federer-press-180212G300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nRoger Federer will be highly motivated to reclaim the world No 1 ranking for the first time in more than five years when he plays at this week's ABN Amro World Tennis event in Rotterdam.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 36-year-old Australian Open champion arrived in the Dutch port city at the weekend knowing a run to the semifinals will move him ahead of Rafael Nadal in the ATP standings.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nShould the 20-times grand slam champion manage that he would become No 1 for the first time since November 2012.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"After the Australian Open was over, I thought I'd love to play Rotterdam and give it a go,\" Federer, was quoted as saying on the ATP website on Monday. \"Our team is very excited, that I'm here and that I will give it a go.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"You have to do it, not because it's the right thing to do, but you have to be here with all your heart and really go for it. Try my very best. Having the option of getting to No 1 is highly motivating and very exciting to say the least.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nFederer said he had not really given the rankings much thought until after he beat Croatia's Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open last month.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I played at the Australian Open not thinking about the rankings, but I knew I had the flexibility in February over my calendar,\" the evergreen Swiss said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nStanding in his way could be compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka who he is seeded to face in the quarterfinals.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"If I get back to that spot you don't want it to happen in an easy way. The achievement would be quite incredible. It's exciting to have Stan in my section (of the draw),\" he said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nFederer would surpass American Andre Agassi as the oldest world No 1 if he reaches the last four in Rotterdam and he would also set another record of the longest gap (five years and 106 days) between stints as No 1.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHe already holds the record of most weeks spent at No 1, having topped the rankings for a combined 302 weeks.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAmerican Pete Sampras is second on the list with 286.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nFederer will have to wait until Wednesday to get his challenge underway in Rotterdam when he plays Belgium's world number 116 Ruben Bemelmans for the first time in his career.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Roger Federer will be highly motivated to reclaim the world No 1 ranking for the first time in more than five years when he plays at this week's ABN Amro World Tennis event in Rotterdam.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T07:31:41",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Reuters",
    "img_credit": "Roger Federer \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "ATP",
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}