17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer added another milestone in his illustrious career. A victory over Canada’s Milos Raonic not only gave Federer his 83rd ATP World Tour level trophy but also made him just the third player ever to win 1000 or career matches at the professional level. The Swiss superstar made his ATP debut way back in 1998 after being the number 1 in the junior level. However he would have to wait 5 long years to win his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. From then on there was no stopping the “FedExpress” as he held on to the top ranking for a record 237 consecutive weeks.
In the post-match presentation Federer said, “I’ve played a lot of tennis over the years so to get to 1,000 wins means a lot to me. It’s a special moment, no doubt about that. I will never forget this match.” The Swiss number 1 had a great season last year in which he became a father for the second time, won the most number of matches at the ATP level , won five titles and was in contention for the world number 1 ranking until the last tournament of the season.
Maiden trophy in Brisbane
Federer who was a finalist to Lleyton Hewitt last year went a step further this year as he overcame big serving Milos Raonic in the finals. The match lasted 2 hours and 13 minutes with the Swiss winning in 3 sets. At the presentation ceremony Raonic was quoted as saying, “We all know today is a significant milestone for Roger. When we came out and they listed all the things you’ve won, I thought you must have been playing for 2,000 wins.” The victory also ensured that Federer won atleast 1 ATP title for a record 15th straight year. Read more on how Federer played in Brisbane.
Elsewhere David Ferrer also won his maiden trophy in Qatar while Rafael Nadal won in the doubles category.