Roger Federer Edges Tobias Kamke, Ties Jimmy Connors’ Open Era Wins Record
It was a tough match but in the end Roger Federer managed to edge out Tobias Kamke to claim a first round French Open win while tying Jimmy Connoer’s Open era record of 233 Grand Slam match wins. Kame in the meantime fell to 6-10 in major outings, never passing the third round of play.
Federer who holds 16 major championships is now 233-35 in tennis’ four major tournaments for a .869 winning percentage, a record he pulled off after going 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.
Federer who turned 30 last August has went without a major title in the last two years and he is attempting to become the oldest tennis player to win a grand slam since Andre Agassi claimed the Australian Open in 2003 at 32-years-old.
Last year Federer made it to the French Open final at Roland Garros but ultimately fell to Rafael Nadal.
Earlier in the day Spaniard Feliciano Lopez exited his match with a side muscle injury, Lopez had lost five straight games to Florent Serra of France during the first-round match. According to Lopez he pulled the muscle while practicing on Thursday at Roland Garros.
After suffering his injury Lopez told reporters:
“In the beginning, I felt it was nothing really serious, but (the) day after, I couldn’t play almost. I tried to rest during the weekend just to try to play today, but it was impossible.”
Lopez homes to return in time for Wimbledon which starts on June 25.