Roger Federer: What I think about Simona Halep being world No1 and not Serena Williams

Women’s tennis in 2017 has been an entertaining affair, with no one player being able to establish themselves as the best in the business.

Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep have all held the No1 ranking at some point.

And all four Grand Slams were also won by four different athletes, with Williams, Jeļena Ostapenko, Muguruza and Sloane Stephens winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open respectively.

Despite not winning a major, Halep will end the year as No1, with many shocked that it will not Williams holding the mantle.

But Roger Federer insists the Romanian is worth of the honour, congratulating her in the process.

“Who is no1 deserves to be there,” the 36-year-old said.

“Not for a second should you ever take away anything from Halep who’s worked their life to achieve a life-goal dream. 

“It’s not only about Grand Slams. She’s played a full season, she’s tough, fit, playing all the time, she practises hard, she’s committed and that also should be rewarded.

“Especially if you’re consistently playing for titles and she did. She won some and lost some, fair enough.

“But you know, having had Serena play only at the Australian Open maybe helped her. That took away crucial points from somebody else and she made the most.

“It (has) happened in the past that we’ve had no1’s who didn’t win a Slam. But it’s virtually impossible at this stage because I think the Slams reward and give too many points away. So without winning Slams it’s difficult to get there.

“I think you even get points at the World Tour Finals women’s for just playing matches. We haven’t that in the men’s, I didn’t know it until this week when I followed results a little bit. That’s a bit odd but I understand, because it’s a difficult tournament to qualify for.

“I am really happy for her and excited to follow the women’s game till the very end because there were so many players who could finish no1.”