#CNN – #Tennis: #RogerFederer achieves more milestones at #FrenchOpen – 400th #GrandSlam match
(CNN)By returning to the French Open this year after a three-year absence, Roger Federer is spreading his milestones across the tennis world.
Winning his first two outings at Roland Garros this week, Federer reached his 400th grand slam match when he took to the court against Casper Ruud on Friday. No player has ever done that.
Had he bypassed the French Open for Wimbledon — the grand slam he is most commonly associated with thanks to eight titles — SW19 would have housed the feat.
And when he beat the fast rising Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6 (10-8) on Suzanne Lenglen, the 37-year-old also became the oldest man to make the fourth round at the French Open since Italian Nicola Pietrangeli almost 50 years ago in 1972.
“It’s true I played many matches in grand slam tournaments, and it’s even more pleasant to do this in Roland Garros, because I have a lot of records, milestones from Wimbledon or the US Open,” Federer told reporters. “But doing anything in Roland is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first grand slam where I was in the main draw.”