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Roger Federer: Alexander Zverev explains how to strip Swiss star of world ranking

ALEXANDER ZVEREV believes he can leapfrog Roger Federer in the world rankings by the end of the year - and he has explained exactly how he can do it.

Federer, 36, became the oldest world No 1 of all time earlier this year after winning the Australian Open.

However, Rafael Nadal has since returned to the top of the standings as the Swiss star slipped to second.

Zverev, ranked third, is 1,415 ATP points behind Federer and he is defending very little at the US Open later this month after only reaching the second round last year.

In contrast, Federer reached the quarter-finals so has 360 points on the line.

But if you add that to the 600 points he will drop for skipping the Rogers Cup next week - and the 2000 points Zverev could earn for winning the next Grand Slam - then the German stands a strong chance of finishing the year second in the rankings.

Roger Federer is the oldest world No 1 off all time (Image: GETTY)


“I mean I hope I win the US Open and go from there,” Zverev said.

“I think if I win this I will be number 2 in the race.

“I look more towards the year end rankings. Other players have more points to defend. I don’t look at it too much.”

Zverev is gearing up for the Citi Open final this evening, where he takes on Alex De Minaur.

And the 21-year-old is hoping to defend his crown to keep the pressure on the top two.

“Obviously it’s great that I’m in the final. I just hope that I can be out there tomorrow and play another good match and hopefully go to Toronto with another title," he added.

“But I know that the two semi-finalists are playing great and it’s going to be a tough match no matter what.”

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