Tennis star Roger Federer hit a milestone on Sunday (Jan. 11), recording his 1,000th career win against Milos Raonic during the Brisbane International final.
The number makes the 33-year-old the only player after Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) to win 1,000 times on the men’s professional tour, according to ESPN.
“Clearly it’s a special day for me, winning a title plus getting to the magic number of 1,000,” Federer said. “It feels very different to any other match I’ve ever won. All those [milestone] numbers didn’t mean anything to me, but for some reason 1,000 means a lot because it’s such a huge number. Just alone to count to 1,000 is going to take a while.”
After the win, ball boys held up “1,000” in big, white numerals near the net during the presentation ceremony. Australian tennis greats Roy Emerson and Rod Laver gave Federer mementos: the Roy Emerson Trophy and, from Laver, a framed montage of images with the words “Congratulations Roger, 1,000 match wins.”
“Special moment. I’m glad I got it,” Federer said. “To get to 1,000 match wins in front of you guys … it really means a lot to me. I’ll never forget this match.”