Despite not claiming a Grand Slam trophy in over two years, and with some tennis insiders believing that he is playing below par this season, today Roger Federer added a phenomenal new record to his already substantial list of career achievements.
In his second round victory in the French Open, Federer didn’t just cement his place in the third round of the tournament; he also accomplished his 234th Grand Slam match win securing himself a new Grand Slam record in the process. Surpassing the previous record holder Jimmy Connors’ total of 233 matches, the world number 3 is now the player with the most Grand Slam wins in the Open Era.
Although the new record is still to be confirmed by officials at the Roland Garros tournament, this result certainly isn’t bad for a player who is currently still only 30 years old – even if some believe him to be past his playing prime. The previous holder, Connors, was playing well into his 40s until he reached his previous record winning number of matches, and with Federer still more than capable of playing at this elite level it’s possible that he will add even more wins to this record before the decade is out. Federer is still the third best player in the world at professional level tennis, and there are many out there who believe him to be the greatest tennis player of modern times.
As the Swiss tennis ace heads into the later stages of this prestigious Grand Slam tournament, where he’ll likely face his rivals and contemporaries in the world’s top 4 Nadal and Djokovic, his chances may not be what they were 5 years ago, but this new record is bound to have a positive effect on his game for the rest of the season.