bill-swift - May 30, 2012
When Tobias Kamke saw who he drew for the first round of the 2012 French Open he knew he would go down in history. After all, the 26-year old German was set to play Roger Federer.
Kamke's coach had to have known and told him that Federer would tie a Grand Slam record should he win giving Kamke the dubious distinction of being on the losing end of a record day. Of course if he beat Federer then the tennis playing world would be talking about him instead!
That wasn't going to happen.
Federer easily handled Kamke in the first round of the French Open Monday beating him in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. The win moved Federer into a tie with the legendary Jimmy Connors for most career Grand Slam match wins with 233.
The record will likely be broken in the next round, but the real question is just how high the final number will be when Federer is done playing. While considered a little on the older side at 30, he could very well play for another decade or more. Connors' was 44 when he played his final match.
Of course the trick will be how well he is able to keep up his competitive level and desire as time goes on. Should he win the French Open this year it would make him the oldest player since a 32-year old Andre Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open to win a major tournament.
The last time he accomplished the feat was more than two years ago when he won the Australian Open in 2010.
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Article by Travis Pulver
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