Roger Federer Reflects On 1,000 Matches
by Tom Gainey | January 22nd, 2012, 10:56 am

Roger Federer had no problems ending the wonderful run of Bernard Tomic Saturday dismantling the 19-year-old in straight sets 64, 62, 62 at the Australian Open.

Federer will now play the dangerous Juan Martin Del Potro in what will mark Roger’s 1,000 career pro tennis match. After the win over Tomic, Federer reflected on the milestone.

“It’s been a lot of matches, and I remember some very vividly,” Federer said. “Some I’ve started to forget, which I guess is a good sign.

“I have had some tough losses over the years, but I’ve also had some of the most incredible feelings out there,” he added. “I never thought as a kid I would ever cry after I won matches, because I always used to cry after I lost every single match when I was sort of from 8 to basically 15.

“It was always emotional because I always tried my best, and whenever I lost for me it was tragic. So the first time I was able to sort of ‑‑ I cried after I have won a match, I was like, What the hell is happening to me? I can’t believe I care so much about this sport which I love so much. It came as a surprise.

“But then I had so much success and I could relive those memories. It was really nice, and that I’m still fit and healthy and eager to play and hungry. It’s great. Obviously for me it’s just another match, but I know it’s special in some ways. I will try to make the best of it, I guess.”

Federer also talked about the match with Del Potro, a rematch of their encounter in 2009 won by Federer 63, 60, 60.

“It’s nice is to see him back,” Federer said. “He’s a good guy. I’m looking forward to the match. I think it’s going to be a tough one. He really came through convincingly in the last two especially. And, yeah, we know the firepower. I played him in Cincinnati six months ago. It was super fast. It’s going to be different. We’ll have many more rallies, so for me, a chance to mix it up, but I have to stay aggressive myself, as well.”

A 5-time champion, Federer hasn’t lost a set so far at the Australian Open.

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21 Comments for Roger Federer Reflects On 1,000 Matches

Ajet Says:


You are the most invaluable asset to tennis…
May you win a slam this year…

malher Says:

@ajet – ditto – Lets go Roger!! Lets Go!!

malher Says:

I watched a lot of his games last year at the end today (again) and all his ATP tour matches – he can win the Ausie Open if he stay focused!!

malher Says:

I mean world tour final matches (sori)

count Says:

Rog has 4 AO trophies, not 5.

Wait another week, then it will be 5.

The Count

Ace Says:

Federer has won 4 Australian open titles (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010). Not 5 of them.

RZ Says:

Ace, maybe the 5th title is a bold prediction for 2012. :-)

Steve 27 Says:

Federer is over in slams, is not Del Potro in 5 sets, obviously Rafa in 4. 1000 matches is impressive by the way!

xmike Says:

Even if Federer doesn’t win any more slams, just by continuing to show up and win a few matches, he will still be adding more records to his already extensive list; these are just a few grand slam related records he will probably hold on his own by the end of his career:

GS appearances: Federer: 51, leader is Santoro with 70 (still 5 more years needed)

GS consecutive appearances: Federer: 49, leader is Wayne Ferreira with 56 (could brake at AO 2014)

GS round of last 16 appearances: Federer 41, leader is Connors with 43, so only 3 more needed

GS quarter final appearances: Federer: 35, leader is Connors with 41, 7 more needed

GS semi-final appearances: Federer 29. leader is Connors with 31, only 3 more needed (2 if he wins agains’t Del Potro)

He already holds the record for most titles played and most finals played, as everybody probably knows

GS match wins: Federer has 231, Connors leads with 233, if he wins this tournament he will hold this record also

GS matches played: Federer has 265, Connors leads with 282, only 18 more matches needed, could do it at the US Open this year

The list could go on, hopefully he will keep motivated enough to play until the 2016 Olympics, when he will be (only) 34…

skeezerweezer Says:

^nice list

Kimberly Says:

nice, congrats fed and fans. Tonight is a 3 TV night, tennis, heat, and NFC championship all at once. Thankfully we have 3 tvs.

Lou Says:

Federer is an amazing champ…he rightly proved to everyone that 30 is Gold and not old;).. Federer- The myth of age 30

Kimberly Says:

skeezer–If I wasnt a vegetarian I would fly to west coast to crash your pre-game party. Sounds delicious. We played tennis today and my tendonitus is so bad i sat in the parking lot with ice for an hour after although during my loss to kaiser i actually mananged to hit the ball pretty well and movement was A+. We are simply hanging with tortilla chips, fresh hummus, greek yogurt dip and salsa.

Steve 27 Says:

The most important thing is the titles, but all the records of the swiss are exceptional. Come on Delpo!, I know you can do it!

Nims Says:

Unfortunately, looking at the scary form of Del P, this could be the end of Roger’s AO. Hope he has a good FO and defend his points there.

tennisfansince76 Says:

is Tsonga melting down in the heat?

tennisfansince76 Says:

fedpo should be interesting. it looks like fed has the toughest qtr by far. it all depends on form. for example last year Djoker had Birdy in his qtr. potentially a tough match given that Birdy ejected him from Wimbledon then Djoker summarily dismissed Birdy from last year’s AO.

meghraj Says:

You can win the Australian open this time please you play with same energy

andrea Says:

congrats on 1000 matches. that’s crazy.

if berdych beats nadal i would be very surprised – the mental edge is always a question with tomas. delpo can beat fed…the only players that really give roger trouble these days are the ones with superior firepower and delpo definitely has that.

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tennisfan Says:

Del Potro weak point is his second serve too and he has just won 48% points on it against Federer’s 63% ! Federer if he can mix up his shots and serve well, he can win comfortably. Even the stats till now also suggests that ( Federer vs. Del Potro – Statistical Preview of Australian Open Quarter Final- Part 1 )! Federer is playing better than Del po and he just needs to maintain his same level of play to win this match!

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