Federer becomes seventh player to record 800 career wins

November 12th, 2011 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger Federer Paris, Nov 12 (IANS) Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has become the seventh man in the Open era to record 800 career match wins after beating Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 in 85 minutes Friday to book a place in the semifinals of the Paris Masters.

It was Federer’s third win over Monaco this year.

The Swiss is still 424 victories shy of Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 1,242 match wins.

“I only heard about it,” Federer was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

“It is nice. It is a lot of matches, a lot of tennis I have played - I know that. But I know there are many other players that have played more tennis than I have. So it is just another win, but it is a special one nevertheless, because 800 is definitely a big number.”

Third seed Federer, who also reached the Paris semifinals last year, goes on to meet ATP World Tour Finals qualifier and fifth seed Tomas Berdych.

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