Federer Wins Grand Slam Opener; Ties Connors’ Record

May 28, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Switzerlan'd Roger Federer reacts after
Federer is now 32–4 in 2012. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/GettyImages)

Third-seeded Roger Federer won his opening round match Monday at Roland Garros with a 6–2, 7–5, 6–3 win over German player Tobias Kamke.

Federer, now 32–4 on the season, was in top form in the win hitting 38 winners to Kamke’s 16 and converting 8 of his 16 break-point opportunities. The 16-time Grand Slam champion dominated the first set winning 30 of 46 points.

With the win Federer tied American great Jimmy Connors’s record for most Grand Slam wins at 233. Connors finished 233–49 at the majors while Federer is 233–35.

The 30-year-old Federer, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam in more than two years (2010 Australian Open), is trying to be the oldest winner of a major since a 32-year-old Andre Agassi won the Australian Open in 2003.

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