Add another record to Roger Federer’s list of achievements. Earlier today the Swiss maestro beat his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. The win assured Federer of a 300th week at No. 1 starting next week, a milestone Federer holds in very high regard among his many, many marks.
“I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that’s for sure,” said Federer after the win. “I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon, maybe become World No. 1 at some stage. So here I am at 300 weeks. It’s pretty incredible. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments. I’m very proud of that record, no doubt about it.”
Had Federer lost today, No. 2 Novak Djokovic could have overtaken Roger for No. 1 by winning the title. And Federer nearly lost. He was down a set and then had to win a breaker in the second before pulling away from his friend 46, 76, 60.
“I consider myself a little lucky,” said the 31-year-old Federer who improves to 12-1 against Wawrinka. “I never stopped believing, pushed till the end, then got off to a good start in the third set. Basically that was it. It was a tough match. He was the better player for basically two sets. It’s great finding a way out that way, that’s for sure.”
Roger now plays Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals Friday.
Congrats to all the Federer fans.
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