Roger Federer hits 800th win milestone
Tennis legend Roger Federer has added yet another accolade to his perpetually increasing list, as he reaches his 800th victory...
The world number four is notched up yet another career milestone at the Paris Masters as he overcame Juan Monaco 6-3 7-5 in their quarter-final match-up.
The Swiss champion is only the seventh player to become a member of the exclusive '800 club'; other prestigious players who have managed to join Federer in the rare achievement include Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendi, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Stefan Edberg.
Commenting on his latest career milestone, Federer said: "It's nice. It's just another win, but it's a special one nevertheless, because 800 is definitely a big number."
The 30-year-old has lost 186 times during the course of his career; he picked up the last of Grand Slams earlier in the year in Australia. Some critics have argued that Federer is witnessing the decline of his career, as he has recently been overtaken in the world rankings by the British number one Andy Murray. There are currently three players who sit above the Swiss in the world rankings, including Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Serbian Novak Djokovic. 2010 has undoubtedly been Djokovic's year; he managed to take the world number one spot, as well as fulfilling his childhood dream of winning the Wimbledon championship.
Meanwhile, Murray has had his 17-match winning streak brought to an abrupt end. The Scot was stopped in his tracks by Tomas Berdych as the Paris Masters; this ended the string of wins that saw the young Briton leapfrog Federer in the world rankings.
Sky Bet, bet365 and Coral currently offer 7/4 odds that Andy Murray will win exactly one Grand Slam title during 2012.