Roger Federer amassed his win number 300 at Grand Slam event beating Grigor Dimitrov in two hours, 40 minutes under the closed roof on Rod Laver Arena at Australian open 2016.
The Serbian 10-time Grand Slam winner outclassed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, becoming the first man to win 300 grand slam matches trailing only Martina Navratilova, who won 306 matches at the highest level of tennis.
“It’s very exciting, I must tell you. Like when I reached 1,000 [career match wins] last year, it was a big deal for me,”
“Not something I ever aimed for or looked for, but when it happens, it’s very special.”
Both men displayed the elegant shot-making for which they are known for. In the first set the Bulgarian managed only eight winners to 15 from Swiss star, which helped him take the important lead in 22 minutes. But Dimitrov came back strongly in the second set as Federer hit a flat spot.
A more familiar Federer returned to finish out the third set and seal the game in the fourth set. Grigor Dimitrov, whose game-play is very similar to Swiss star was seen troubled by a sore right elbow and losing his serving power. He sought courtside treatment several times during the game.
Federer after winnig the game, said :
“It was a difficult position for me after losing the second set and Grigor was playing well. I thought I was struggling a little bit,” Federer said.
“I didn’t feel it was really happening out there and it was an important start for me to the third set.
“Thankfully I got the early break and I was able to stay in the lead and everything started to come back, the serve, my footwork. It was complicated, but those matches are even nicer to win, I must say.”
The World’s No. 3 Roger Federer will face Belgium’s 15th seed David Goffin in the next round.
Source: Australian open