No matter what happens, Roger Federer keeps showing up and keeps winning. He’s 30 years old, practically ancient in tennis terms, and has been surpassed by Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but Roger Federer continues to rack up wins at Grand Slam tournaments. For example, at the French Open yesterday, Roger Federer blasted German Tobias Kamke 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 to claim a fairly easy first round match against a tough opponent. For Federer, it was just another day at the office; little did he know, he was breaking a record. Roger Federer notched his 223rd win at a Grand Slam tournament, breaking Jimmy Conners’ record.
“I obviously love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record – 30 years old is pretty incredible, so I’m very happy,” said Federer after his match; this is Federer’s 50th straight Grand Slam appearance. ”When you look at the tournaments like this and you step back, you realize you have been playing for quite a long time. When I started, I loved playing against those famous players I used to see on TV. Now I’m playing against younger players, a new generation. It’s also very nice.”
Federer’s first win in the streak came at the Australian Open in 2000, when he beat Michael Chang. Since then, Federer has notched a record 16 Grand Slam tournament wins and has become a global sports icon thanks to his commercial appearances, good looks, and tennis dominance.
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