Roger Federer is in Rotterdam this week trying to become the oldest world No. 1 in history at the age of 36. But let's reel back the clock to 1999.

Then just 17, Federer was a rising star looking to find his place on the ATP Tour. With his bleached hair and shy grin, he told reporters a few things about himself. The most memorable part of the interview has to be who he thought was the "hottest babe." Pamela Anderson, are you hearing this?

That year, Federer enjoyed a run all the way from qualifying to the quarterfinals.

"It was just a wonderful experience," Federer told the ATP. "I'll always consider Rotterdam as one of my favorite tournaments on the tour."

Federer is a two-time champion in the Dutch city. He's two matches away from the No. 1 ranking. 


This Week on Tennis Channel Plus 2/12

ATP Buenos Aires (Feb. 14-18)

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