Federer Wins 200th Clay Match; Married Murray Returns Thursday In Munich
by Staff | April 29th, 2015, 5:41 pm

Roger Federer cruised to his 200th career match win on clay Wednesday dusting veteran Finn Jarrko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 in the opening round at the inaugural Istanbul Open.

“I’m happy that I won my first match ever in Turkey,” said Federer who becomes one of seven active players to reach 200 on clay. “In the second set Jarkko started playing better and I’m happy that I managed to close the match.”

Federer will enjoy a day off Thursday before the quarterfinals on Friday against Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

“Tomorrow I have a day off and I will enjoy and do a sightseeing trip by boat on the Bosphorus to see some more of this beautiful city,” Federer said.

Tomorrow, second seed Grigor Dimitrov takes on Andrey Golubev.

Also on Thursday, Andy Murray makes his 2015 clay debut playing his first match as a married man. He’ll face German qualifier Mischa Zverev.

Earlier today, Murray teamed with Jean-Julien Rojer to win in the doubles.

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13 Comments for Federer Wins 200th Clay Match; Married Murray Returns Thursday In Munich

skeezer Says:

Playin aggressive on the Dirt.

chris ford1 Says:

7 active players. Wish they would have said who, as I can’t find a list anywhere. I know Rafa, Ferrer, Robredo, and Lopez are on the list. Who are the other two? Probably Spaniards, though Verdasco is not one yet. Still a little short.
Djokovic presently has 189 clay matches. He should pass 200 matches next year.

Wog Boy Says:

Wawrinka? Berdych?

Wog Boy Says:

^^ no they can’t be, if Roger didn’t make it until 33 they surely didn’t make it yet.

Gabi Says:

According to a brazilian tennis news website, we have:

Nadal – 329
David Ferrer – 294
Nicolas Almagro – 252
Tommy Robredo – 251
Juan Monaco – 220
Albert MontaƱes – 202

lapinroyal Says:

The other six players are: Rafa 329-27, Ferrer 294-114, Monaco 220-127, Almagro 250-121, Robredo 251-118, Albert Motanes 201-175 and Federer 200-63.

Novak is at 149-40. F. Lopez 98-103 (is at his best on grass)

Wog Boy Says:

It is logical since players are usually playing double CC season every year, after AO they go to South America, thn Europe, IW and Miami on the way to Europe.

chris ford1 Says:

Sounds like 8. For F Lopez, 103+98 = 201.

ATP Country Says:

The ATP ranking of the countries is available at http://www.atpcountry.com ! RF is helping Switzerland but will it be enough to make them first? (Add up the point of the country’s players)

jane Says:

looks like andy progressed smoothly, but what happened to fognini? thiem bageled him?

the DA Says:

Andy did look very smooth and was all businesslike in today’s first singles match. He and Jean-Julian Rojer are also doing well in the doubles – yesterday beating the No. 3 seeds in straight sets and again today decisively beating the Casablanca champions 6-2 6-2. It’s nice seeing Murphy get on a roll of wins.

Margot Says:

@ The DA
Didn’t see it, but glad to hear it.

M Says:


> but what happened to fognini?

Most inconsistent dude ever, I’m thinking.

Plays lights out against Rafa one day and then the next three tournaments acts like he’s forgotten his own head.

But it really does feel like he’s played like this his whole career.

At least he’s stopped throwing temper tantrums.

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