Roger Federer Reaches Milestone of 900 Career Tour-Level Matches
The top-seeded, 16-time Grand Slam champion defeated American Taylor Dent, 6-1, 6-2, in just 50 minutes at the Stockholm Open in Sweden, logging his 727th ATP Tour victory in 900 total matches.
What's even more impressive, the 29-year-old has never retired in any of the 900 matches, according to ATPWorldTour.com.
And it's not the first milestone Federer has reached in Stockholm. His 100th career tour-level contest came the last time he played there in the 2000 season, ATP World Tour stat guru Greg Sharko told FanHouse on Thursday.
In Federer's 200th and 500th tour-level matches, he played American Andre Agassi, who Federer currently trails in tour-level wins by 143. Agassi, a career Grand Slam titlist like Federer, amassed 870 victories in his career.
Federer, who passed Pete Sampras in the race for the most all-time Grand Slams in tennis history by claiming Wimbledon in 2009, trails the 14-time Grand Slam champion by 35 tour-level wins. Sampras retired with 762 career victories.
American Jimmy Connors heads the Open Era list, ranking No. 1 in wins with 1,242 in a career total 1519 matches.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has played in 568 tour-level matches. The 24-year-old Spaniard has accumulated an impressive record of 468-100 so far in his young career.
Federer, who recently moved to No. 2 in the rankings behind Nadal with a successful run at last week's Shanghai Masters told the ATP that, "Physically I'm feeling good, and mentally I have a lot left in me. I don't feel like it's the end of the year. I intend to make it fun for myself." He will finish the year off at the year-end Barclays ATP Tour World Finals in London.
Federer has not minced words as of late, and has made it clear that he is playing with the intent of eventually regaining his place as the No. 1 player on tour.
The complete list of players with at least 800 total tour-level matches is courtesy of Greg Sharko and ATPWorldTour.com.