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Roger Federer celebrates Brisbane International Title with his 1000th career wins

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#1 Taghreed


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Posted 13 January 2015 - 06:38 PM

Roger Federer celebrates Brisbane International Title with his 1000th career wins...

Federer started his season at the 2015 Brisbane International. He defeated John Millman from a set down to win his first tour match of 2015 4-6 6-4 6-3. He dropped only one game in a 39-minute victory over James Duckworth and win 6-0 6-1 , then defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals 6-2 6-2 to set up a final against Milos Raonic, which he won in three sets 6-4 6-7(2) 6-4, thereby Roger Federer became only the third man in the Open Era to win 1000 ATP matches joining Jimmy Connors (1253) and Ivan Lendl (1071). This win earned him an incredible 84th career title, as well as becoming the first man in the Open Era to win at least one title in each of 15 consecutive years. :wub:

"Clearly it's a special day for me, winning a title plus getting to the magic number of 1,000," Federer said after his 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win against Raonic. "It feels very different to any other match I've ever won. All those (milestone) numbers didn't mean anything to me, but for some reason 1,000 means a lot because it's such a huge number. Just alone to count to 1,000 is going to take a while." :)

"Looking back it's almost nicer winning this way through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in a final," Federer said. "It means so much more than just running away with it. I guess I was much more happy having to go three sets in the end." :)

Raonic said he did everything he could but didn't quite have the answer to beat Federer for the second time in their eight head-to-heads. Still, he didn't mind being part of the big occasion.“It’s a little tough standing here in front of all these Grand Slam champions,” Raonic said, “I thought it was going to be 2000. I think you ought to step it up.”  :)

"It's great to see because you know how much he's done for tennis. He turned pro I think it was like 10 years before me," Raonic said. "It's great to see everything he's done for tennis. The fans he's brought, the media attention he's brought ... he's definitely the most popular tennis player of all time."

“Great things are ahead for you,” Federer told Raonic. “I hope you get to 1000 match wins and can walk when you get to my age, too.” :)

Ballboys held up 1,000 in big, white numerals near the net during the presentation ceremony, when Federer accepted mementos from Australian tennis greats Roy Emerson and Rod Laver: the Roy Emerson Trophy and, from Laver, a framed montage of images with the words "Congratulations Roger, 1,000 match wins."

"Special moment. I'm glad I got it," Federer said. "To get to 1,000 match wins in front of you guys ... it really means a lot to me. I'll never forget this match." :)

Federer said he hasn't got Connors' record number of wins in his sights, yet, but he does have ambitions to win more major titles.

"Yeah, I do believe that," he said. "Clearly I do believe I have a shot in Melbourne, otherwise I would go home." :wub: :wub: :wub:






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Posted 14 January 2015 - 10:04 PM

Oh yes that was a very special moment indeed and ideal too that it was a tournament win like that in Brisbane, with Rod Laver and Roy Emerson there to witness the momentous occasion.







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Posted 16 January 2015 - 11:01 PM

Brisbane was waiting for him. He played so well, aggressively and yet as always stylishly and won!well deserved. Congrats. Keep going.
Appreciation to all concerned for article and pics.

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