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Federer Records 800th Career Match Win; Isner Beats Ferrer

Paris, France

Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is now six match wins shy of Stefan Edberg's 806 career victories.

Swiss superstar Roger Federer has become the seventh man in the Open Era to earn 800 career match wins. He is still 424 victories shy of Jimmy Connors' all-time record of 1,242 match wins.

Federer reached the milestone as a result of beating Argentina's Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 in 85 minutes on Friday to book a place in the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals. It was Federer's third win over Monaco this year (also Sony Ericsson Open and US Open).

"I only heard about it yesterday," admitted Federer. "It's nice. It's a lot of matches, a lot of tennis [that] I've played - I know that. But I know there are many other players that have played more tennis than I have. So it's just another win, but it's a special one nevertheless, because 800 is definitely a big number."

Third seed Federer, who also reached the Paris semi-finals last year, goes onto meet fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier and fifth seed Tomas Berdych.

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Federer has now won his past 62 matches against players ranked outside the Top 20 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. The 30 year old hit seven aces and won 67 per cent of his service points for his 57th match win of the season (57-12 overall). He has won 17 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies.

The 27-year-old Monaco finished the year with a 31-26 match record and will now hope to win selection into Argentina's Davis Cup squad for its final against Spain in December. 

PlayerNo. of Match Wins
1) Jimmy Connors (USA) 1,242
2) Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA) 1,071
3) Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 923
4) John McEnroe (USA) 875
5) Andre Agassi (USA) 870
6) Stefan Edberg (SWE) 806
7) Roger Federer (SUI) 800

American John Isner reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final as he battled past fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. After the first two sets were split, the No. 25-ranked Isner made the decisive move in the third set, winning 12 of the last 14 points. He broke Ferrer to 15 in the eighth game before serving out victory to love in one hour and 46 minutes.

"I feel great," declared Isner. "It was my first Masters quarter-final, as well. I'm just thrilled to have won tonight, given that Ferrer is such a tough player. He's No. 5 in the world for a reason. I played very well, and I'm very, very happy."

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The 26-year-old Isner goes onto face French hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in his fourth ATP World Tour final of the year. The American had a strong summer, winning the titles at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport (d. Rochus) and the Winston-Salem Open (d. Benneteau), and finishing runner-up at the Atlanta Tennis Championships (l. to Fish).

The 29-year-old Ferrer fell at the quarter-final stage in Paris for the third time (also 2005 and 2007). The Spaniard, a winner of two ATP World Tour titles this season, dropped to a 56-17 match record. He will now travel to London to compete in the elite eight-man field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, beginning on Sunday, 20 November.

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