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Quickfire Federer two wins from oldest No 1 spot

© ANP/AFP | Federer thrashed Bemelmans to move to within two wins of replacing Nadal as world number one

ROTTERDAM (NETHERLANDS) (AFP) - 

Roger Federer moved to within two victories of becoming the oldest world number one of all time on Wednesday when he eased past Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-2 at the Rotterdam ATP event.

The 36-year-old needed just over 45 minutes to clinch victory and next faces Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Thursday.

If Federer reaches the semi-finals, he will depose Rafael Nadal on top of the rankings and become the oldest world number one.

© 2018 AFP