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Federer Hits 70 In Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer recorded his 70th Australian Open win.

Roger Federer won his 70th match at the Australian Open on Thursday as he defeated Blaz Kavcic 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(4) to reach the third round at Melbourne Park.

With the Extreme Heat Policy in effect, the roof was closed on Hisense Arena as Federer prevailed in his first contest with Kavcic in one hour and 47 minutes. The Swiss hit 52 winners and limited Kavcic to just 11. He broke the Slovenian six times from 11 opportunities. Up until today, Federer had played 63 successive matches on Rod Laver Arena.

"I'm happy on a hot day like this," said Federer. "It was a good first two sets I thought. I played really aggressive and it worked out. Third set I think he was more consistent. He served better. In the process, it got closer. I'm happy I got it done in three.

"It was nice, I enjoyed [playing on Hisense]. It's not really different to Rod Laver Arena. Just dimensions feel the same. I don't feel like you need to make an adjustment. The crowds were really nice. Great atmosphere over there. I was happy playing there."

Four-time former champion Federer is the first player to reach the 70 wins milestone at Melbourne Park. He lifted the trophy here in 2004, 2006-07 and 2010. It is the eighth time that a player has won at least 70 matches at a Grand Slam tournament.

MATCH WINS LEADERS BY GRAND SLAM

Tournament Player W-L
Australian Open Roger Federer 70-10
Roland Garros Rafael Nadal 59-1
Wimbledon Jimmy Connors 84-18
US Open Jimmy Connors 98-17

GRAND SLAM 70 MATCH WINS CLUB

Player W-L Tournament Titles
Jimmy Connors 98-17 US Open 5
Jimmy Connors 84-18 Wimbledon 2
Andre Agassi 79-19 US Open 2
Vic Seixas 75-27 US Open 1
Ivan Lendl 73-13 US Open 3
Boris Becker 71-12 Wimbledon 3
Bill Tilden 71-7 US Open 7
Pete Sampras 71-9 US Open 5
Roger Federer 70-10 Australian Open 4

Next in Federer’s path as he bids to win an 18th Grand Slam championship will be either Fernando Verdasco or Teymuraz Gabashvili.

- Statistical assistance by Greg Sharko

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