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Federer ties Connors' mark of 233 Grand Slam match wins

Mon 28th, May 2012

Paris, France (Sports Network) - Third-seeded Roger Federer cruised past German Tobias Kamke in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Federer's 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win over Kamke improved his Grand Slam win-loss record to 233-35. He is now tied with Jimmy Connors (233-49) for the most Grand Slam wins in the Open Era (since 1968).

The 16-time Grand Slam winner Federer, who captured a French Open title in 2009, lost to six-time champion Rafael Nadal in last year's finale here. Federer is a four-time French Open runner-up to his great rival Nadal.

Federer is looking to become the first man aged 30 or over to win a Grand Slam title since Andre Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open at 32 years, 272 days. Andres Gomez was the last man to win Roland Garros over the age of 30, when he won the 1990 title at 30 years, 130 days.

Tenth-seeded American John Isner continued his fine play on red clay this year with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva. The 6-foot-10 Isner is now 7-3 on crushed red brick this season.

Fifteenth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez exited the draw while trailing France's Florent Serra 0-5 in the first set on Monday.

Other seeded winners were No. 20 Spaniard Marcel Granollers, No. 22 Italian Andreas Seppi and No. 31 South African Kevin Anderson. Seppi subdued fading former top-five star and two-time French Open semifinalist Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

The 2012 Roland Garros titlist will earn $1.57 million.

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