ROGER FEDERER NEWS
May 9, 2019 -- Madrid, Spain
Roger took the court firing on all cylinders today in Madrid.
Facing the always electrifying, Gael Monfils, the Swiss Star quickly won the first set without dropping a game. However, Monfils wasn't going to let the match go that easily. He battled back to take the second set and push it to three.
The third set proved to be a fight til the end as well. Fighting off match points to push it to a thrilling decisive tie-breaker, we saw some classic Roger shot making as he decisively took the breaker to win 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(3). This goes down as his 1,200th match win!
His next round will not be easy as he faces Dominic Thiem who has proven to always be dangerous and most recently beat Roger in the finals at the BNP Paribas Open.
Roger continues to break records as the 37-year old remains strong in his career.
This past week, he solidified 101 Career Titles after winning the Miami Open. Jimmy Connors is the only player who has the Swiss Star beat with 109 titles to his name.
Let's take a closer look at some of the numbers and accomplishments to get to 101.
While we don't always see Roger on the doubles court, 8 of these titles have been due to Doubles Victories.
He has won titles in 19 different countries at 31 different tournaments.
Roger has 20 Grand Slams titles and 27 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
He has won both Basel and Halle 9 times; has won Wimbledon and Dubai 8 times; has won Cincinnati 7 times and has 7 Australian Open titles.
57 of his wins in the finals have been against top 10 players.
67 of these titles resulted in straight set wins.
His first title came in 2001 when he was ranked 27 and just 19 years old.
69 of these titles came from hard court tournaments; 18 were won on grass; 11 won on clay and just 2 won on carpet.
Since turning 30, Roger has won 33 of those titles, proving age and experience sometimes do prevail.
This year, Roger has already captured 2 titles (Dubai and Miami).
Roger will take a couple weeks to recharge his batteries and will be making an appearance during clay court season, with his next tournament to be Madrid!
Stay tuned as it will be exciting to watch as his year unfolds and see how many more records the Swiss Maestro can break in 2019.