Federer honoured to have levelled Connors' record

Roger Federer described his achievement of equalling Jimmy Connors’ record of grand slam match wins at the French Open yesterday as “pretty incredible”. 

The 16-time slam champion’s 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 first round win over Tobias Kamke was his 233rd in main draw matches, the same mark Connors reached at the US Open in 1992. Federer said: “I think that’s a big one, because that was longevity.

Swiss bliss: Federer serves to Tobias Kamke.  PICs/getty images

Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years. “I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible.”

Meanwhile, Australia’s former World No 1 Lleyton Hewitt made an early exit, beaten 6-7 (2/7), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6 in four sets by unheralded Slovenian Blaz Kavcic.

Lleyton Hewitt during yesterday’s Rd 1 match against Blaz Kavcic

Djoko enters Rd 2
Top seed Novak Djokovic, bidding to become only the third man to hold all four majors at the same time eased past Italian Potito Starace 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-1. World No 1 Djokovic already has the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open crowns under wraps and a first French Open triumph in two weeks’ time would make him the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the sweep.

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