As he himself powers his way back up the world rankings, Swiss star Roger Federer has revealed he's hopeful longtime rival Rafael Nadal will pip him to reclaiming the number one spot.
With two grand slams to his name in 2017, Federer has jumped back up to world no.3 with only Nadal and current number one Andy Murray ahead of him.
Yet to win a grand slam in 2017, Murray is at risk of being replaced at the ranking's summit by French Open winner Nadal and though Federer beat the Spaniard in this year's Australian Open final, he still believes Nadal is deserved of the number one ranking.
"It would be absolutely massive," Federer told ATP.
"He was injured at the end of last year and now here he is a few matches away.
"I hope for his sake he's going to make it, he would absolutely deserve it."
Having not been number one since 2014, Nadal is just 285 ATP points behind Murray who is struggling for fitness ahead of the US Open.
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