Roger Federer Makes History as the First Player to Reach 300 Match Wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Level
By Rachelle Corpuz | August 14, 2014 1:01 PM EST
It was business as usual for Roger Federer as he defeated Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the 2014 Western & Southern Open or the Cincinnati Masters. Federer slayed the young Canadian 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2 in a two hour-long match in the annual hard court tennis event held in Mason, Ohio. Federer struggled in the middle of the match but got two breaks in the third and final set to clinch his victory over the Canadian. Not only did Federer rip Pospisil to shreds but he also made history by becoming the first tennis player to reach 300 match wins in an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 event.
Roger Federer of Switzerland blows kisses after being defeated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's singles finals tennis match on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London July 6, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
According to ATP World Tour's official website, Federer had his first win in an ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami in 2000. Federer defeated retired American tennis player Justin Gimelstob on March 20, 2000.
Speaking about the new milestone in his ever-growing list of career highlights and achievements, Federer said that he loved playing for Masters 1000, 500, and 250 events because they are "prestigious" tournaments. He added that the Masters 1000s are "the backbone of the tour." Federer said that tennis athletes are committed to play the 1000s. Even though people always talk about all the four Grand Slam tournaments, they still come out and watch tennis athletes play in ATP World Tour Masters events.
"I have a few exempts because I've been on tour for a very long time so I don't have to always play, but I choose to because they're very prestigious and I love playing them, so I'm happy here," Federer told ATP.
Federer has now advanced to the next round. He will face the winner of the match between Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils. If Federer wins the tournament, it will be his sixth Cincinnati Masters title and his 80th career title. Federer, who just turned 33 on Aug. 8, said on his website that he is thankful for all the support he receives from his loyal followers and "looking forward to the rest of 2014 for great moments on and off the court."
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