Eight years ago, Roger Federer celebrated a huge milestone in the Brisbane final. The Swiss lifted the trophy and became the third player to achieve 1,000 victories in ATP tournaments after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl! Federer scored his first win at the ATP tournament in Toulouse 1998 at the age of 17, making his breakthrough through the ATP ranking list in those years.
The Swiss became a major champion in 2003 and a world number. February 1 next, sitting on the ATP throne for four and a half years. Despite losing ground slightly to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, Roger was still among the players to win in 2014.
He’s scored 73 ATP tournament victories and won five titles, battling with Djokovic for year-end No. 1. 1 place through to the ATP Finals. Roger made a fresh start in 2015 and headed to Brisbane to start the new season. After an early scare against John Millman, Roger raised his game and made it to the title fight.
He beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 to capture his 83rd ATP title. Federer needed 30 minutes to secure the opener with an extra break to his credit and came close to the finish line with an early break in the second set.
Milos pulled it back at 1-2 and dominated the tiebreaker to reach the decider and improve their chances. The two rivals held their necks for the first nine matches, and the Canadian served to prolong the fight at 4-5. The Swiss got a late break when he needed it most to seal the deal and celebrate the title and a huge achievement, accompanied by Roy Emerson and Rod Laver during the trophy ceremony.
Roger Federer scored his 1,000th victory at the ATP Championships in Brisbane 2015.
“There are so many matches and wins; we’re talking about 1,000. It feels great, and I couldn’t have done it without a lot of people. You know, number one, I just started playing tennis.
Then, all the coaches, the conditioning coach, the federation, and my wife, who probably sat through about 800 of them. It was not possible without them. I have had an excellent support team throughout my career. Each of them made some sacrifices for me to be there today.
It’s a special day for me, winning a title and reaching the magic number of 1000. Yeah, it feels so different than any other game I’ve won because I never thought anything of it after hitting 500 or 800. All those numbers didn’t mean anything, but for some reason , 1000 means a lot because it’s a very huge number.
Yes, it’s a funny sentiment, but she’s so proud and happy. I remember at least 800 of them. I hope I do. Winning this way is almost more endearing than a tight match with nerves and soggy conditions against a great player in the final.
And that means a lot more than just escaping with a 6-4, 6-4 victory, which seemed very likely at one point. I was much happier getting three sets in the end than winning straight. I didn’t say it on the court, but every time I see Rod or Roy I’m grateful they’re paving the way for us, and having played I don’t know how many exhibition matches promote tennis and give us that platform.
Keep getting better, more people can come, and it’s becoming a professional tour. We can make a living from it anywhere in the world. Fans have a huge impact on the game today. Winning in a crowded stadium is very nice. I didn’t even think about Jimmy Connors’ record.
Next thing you know, you’re in the top three. I know how well they have played over the years, how much they have played, how successful they have been. It is not my goal in any way. Obviously, at this point, I doubt it will, but you never know.
I have no idea how long I will continue to play. The goal is to stay in the game as long as possible. Therefore, I have to stay injury free and be hungry and motivated. “At the moment I am, so that’s a bigger concern than reaching that number,” Roger Federer said.