Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Roger Federer has tied Jimmy Connors’ record for most wins in Grand Slam matches at 233 victories with his first round French Open win on Monday over Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

“I think that’s a big one, because that was longevity,” Federer said of the record.

“And it’s been around for ….Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years, you know.”

“This is my 13th or 14th French Open, as well.  It all started back in ’99 against Rafter, and I have hardly missed any Grand Slams, basically, even though the streak only starts in Australia for me, because I did play Paris, Wimbledon in the main draw, but then played quallies and was first out at the US Open, I didn’t qualify.

“So, look, I obviously love the big tournaments.  I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, 30 years old is pretty incredible, so I’m very happy.”

“Well, it’s a huge record, me making it.  I had not realized.  I did not know beforehand.

“But I’m very happy, because Jimmy Connors was a huge champion, still is.  So it’s a great pleasure.

“All these tournaments I played in Grand Slam, played in a row, it ended up paying back with such a big record.”

Federer’s overall record in majors is now 233-35.

The 30-year-old Federer, who holds the record for winning major titles at 16 will play Andrian Unger who defeated David Nalbandian in the second round.

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