Published On: Mon, Feb 12th, 2018

Roger Federer: Stan Wawrinka refuses to be drawn into THIS debate

can become the new world No 1 if he reaches the semi-finals in Holland this week.

He would overtake Rafael Nadal, who is currently out with a thigh injury and just 155 points ahead of the Australian Open champion.

Federer faces a tough route to the final, with a number of top-15 players competing in Rotterdam this week.

And he is projected to face Wawrinka in the quarter-finals, meaning his Swiss compatriot could ruin Federer’s hopes of being top dog yet again.

However, Wawrinka has insisted he is not worrying about his opponent and only on his own return to full fitness after crashing out early at the Australian Open.

“For Roger, that would be an incredible thing,” Wawrinka said.

“But for me, only the first round counts.

“I’m on the right track, but far from my top form.”

Wawrinka plays Holland’s 21-year-old Tallon Griekspoor in his first match of the tournament.

Federer, meanwhile, comes up against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in his first-round tie on Monday.

He said: “When I return to the top, I do not want it to be easy. It would be an incredible achievement.

“That’s why I’m so excited that I have Stan in my half of the draw.

“Wawrinka is aware that he might find himself in the role of the spoilsport on Friday.”

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