Roger Federer reached the rare 900 win plateau today but it was anything but easy. Playing a fourth round match, Federer was down 2-1 in sets to Frenchman Gilles Simon before the Swiss was able to pull it out 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“When you win you can enjoy it more, because it can be a very, very frustrating game, as well,” said Federer after the 3-hour win. “At the end, let’s not forget only one guy ever wins the tournament. All the other guys go home with nothing. So it can be tough depending on how you see it.
“That’s where these wins have definitely helped me continue working hard, be motivated, loving it so much and being part of great matches. And that I came out so often on the winning side is obviously amazing for me.”
Federer is the only active player with 900 wins on the tour. And he joins an elite group to reach that level.
1. Jimmy Connors, 1243
2. Ivan Lendl, 1071
3. Guillermo Vilas, 924
4. Roger Federer, 900
Federer, who has now reached 36 straight Grand Slam quarterfinals, will bid for his 901st victory on Tuesday against another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
If Federer can maintain a good level the next few years he;ll approach the 1,000 mark and thereafter Lendl. But passing Connors will be a much tougher feat.
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