Tennis legend Roger Federer is looking to create history in the Rotterdam championship as he could become the oldest ever world number one, according to a report on The Statesman.

The 36-year-old is the top seed in the tournament and has been victorious previously in 2005 and 2012.

Remy Steiner/Getty Images Sport

Federer secured his 20th Grand Slam title last month as he won the Australian Open and has now set his sights on the ATP number one ranking spot, which is currently occupied by Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

All Federer needs to do is reach the semi-final of the tournament. This will secure the number one spot for the Swiss international but he is aiming to lift the trophy for s third time.

Federer has claimed that he feels fresh ahead of the tournament. He said:

I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself. I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.

I don’t think age is an issue. It’s just a number. But I need to be very careful in my planning, really decide beforehand what are my goals, what are my priorities. I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.

Andre Agassi has the current record for the oldest number one player, as he held the top spot in 2003 at the age of 33 years and 131 days.

Federer is on course to beat that and is only 155 points behind Nadal, with a total of 180 points on offer at the tournament.