Roger Federer Reaches 900 Career Wins
by Tom Gainey | June 2nd, 2013
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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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14 Comments for Roger Federer Reaches 900 Career Wins

sheila Says:

holy moly. i lft w/federer down 2 sets to 1. i thought he would lose because after he took fall he seemed so passive in his playing and he kept shaking his wrist. ecstatic he pulled this out. now i hope he can get by tsonga(that will be a much tougher match). would love 2c him in final beating djokovic (nice to fantascize—obviously nadal will win this no matter who he plays).


Steve 27 Says:

Age is just a number, so do not understand the dynamics of the Swiss fans, when he win all good when he lose, age is the main reason for the defeat. So which one is the truth of things?


mat4 Says:

Another great tennis accomplishment for Fed.

Not to mention that he is now the player with most wins in Roland Garros (read it somewhere).

There is just one thing to regret, that he didn’t win the GS, although he came very close, and, in my opinion, deserved it, although “deserve” doesn’t mean anything in sports.

Finally, of this 900 victories, there is unfortunately one I will never forget, that, in retrospective, denied my fav the GS, I feel. Fed, I will never forgive you that!


jane Says:

Nole reached 500 the other day; maybe he’ll be able to reach this milestone of Fed’s someday.


skeezer Says:

“Age is just a number, so do not understand the dynamics of the Swiss fans, when he win all good when he lose, age is the main reason for the defeat. So which one is the truth of things?”

Which fans are you talking about? Rafanatics complaining about Fed fans? Now thats the truth.

Fed fans as a whole know the score with Roger. Yes he is 31 still winning, and he could win a Slam still. He’s not your normal pro tennis player. Yes, he is special. Unique holder of once un achievable records. He took “almost impossible” or “nearly impossible” in Tennis to “Possible” to “Probable” to “DONE”.

But he is not 26 either. Just a fact. We’re all human.

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Hey hey hey Your fav has many more shots at GS Titles. They will come.
Like jane said, Nole will make his own records to go down in history. That 2011 year will be one of them!


James Says:

What an achievement it is! 900 career wins is incredible! Roger deserves this and many more wins to come.
I’m a Rafa fan but have always admired the Swiss champ too. After he turned 30 and started losing even against players he’d normally toy around with, many Fed fans thought he was done. But I knew and told my brother who’s a big Fed fan that Roger could and would win some more slams. And you know what? I think he’s gonna win 1 more GS, most likely Wimby or USO.


Rumble Says:

Even though this was 5 sets – it was just under 3 hours. Many 3 set matches have lasted longer.

Hence the win, Steve 27 – Fed IS OLD. He was just lucky today. And Simon is also not that young anyway – 28+. You understand now, or not yet??

Its the business end of the tournament now. There are bound to be tough matches – And Simon has always played Fed tough. Even with this win – Fed has only won 10 out of the 18 complete sets that they have played. Can’t get much closer!

As for 900 wins – its incredible. Even Agassi didn’t get there. He will surely overtake Vilas by the time USO gets done. Lendl will be tough – I think Fed might push to get to 1,000, but I don’t see him playing much after this year – next year may be his last.


Humble Rafa Says:

Lovers and Haters:

Thanks for your wishes. I hope to provide many more years of joy, assuming my health is fine.


gannu Says:

Sheila…i am also fantacizing the same thing that you are doing ;-) hahahaha…Lets hope and pray…Feddy baby..will be there right till the end with you


Michael Says:

Another record for the Master !! Each match he wins manufactures a new record and that is the hall mark of this great Champion. It is his 900th career win and still counting. Roger it seems is still not satisfied and yearning for more. What kind of motivation, dedication at his age when he has achieved everything. I for one feel that it is may be time up for Roger. He is not a Ferrer, Haas or some body who can continue with all the bruises inflicted upon him by his competitors as well as lesser opponents. But Roger is not willing to give up without a fight and may be it is this quality which has made him almost immortal in the annals of this Sport.


Michael Says:

Jane,

With the way Novak is playing, I think that is possible. He may be able to equal Roger. But much depends upon his longevity which is not assured. As Rafa said in one of his interviews dwelling upon the incredible physical fitness of Roger that he is one of his kind and he is born for Tennis where his body can take all that strain and perspiration.


Steve 27 Says:

He was just lucky today.

Pleade, rumble, be honest, most (if not all) will have too much respect for the best players, especially the oldest, and the script is always the same: a scare but survives. Simon never have that instinct murderer to finish things. The sacred fire of champions, not done, is born. And of those very few.


Danny Morris Says:

Ofcourse Simon who has beaten all the top 4 players of the last 5 years has no killer instinct.

What does this tell about the entire spanish armada [not including Rafa ofcourse]. They have got 0 wins against Roger. This incudes robredo, almagro, ferrer, lopez and verdasco. They are collectively 44-0 against Roger.

Simon/Tsonga/ have fared much better against the top players than the spaniards. Imagine this the 2 quarterfinalists in paris robredo/ferrer have won 6 sets in 24 matches against Federer. some killer instinct these players got, eh?

The ATP is filled with such players who have been beaten to pulp by federer since 2004. For most such players winning against Roger was tougher than winning even a Masters title. Davydenko, youzhny, soderling, gonzalez, blake and the list goes on.

The only guys who can consistently beat Federer eventually end up getting to slam finals or winning them – berdych, tsonga and delpotro among 2nd rung players and murray, joker, nadal in the top echelon.

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