Roger Federer scored the first ATP win in Toulouse 1998 at 17, making great progress through the ATP ranking list in those years and becoming one of the world's best players a couple of years later. The Swiss became a Major champion in 2003 and world no.
1 next February, sitting on the ATP throne for four and a half years. Despite losing ground a bit to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, Roger was still among the players to beat in 2014 following 73 ATP wins and five titles, heading to Brisbane at the beginning of 2015 eager for more of the same.
After an early scare against John Millman, Roger raised his level and reached the final, defeating Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 for the 83rd ATP title. It was also the 1000th ATP win for Roger, joining Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl on that feat and writing history books yet again.
Federer needed 30 minutes to secure the opener and moved closer to the finish line with an early break in set number two. Milos pulled it back at 1-2 and dominated the tie break to reach a decider, where he stayed in touch with Federer until 4-5.
The Swiss earned a late break just when he needed it to seal the deal and celebrate the title and a huge milestone, accompanied by Roy Emerson and Rod Laver during the trophy ceremony. "It's a lot of matches and a lot of wins; we are talking about 1000.
Clearly, it's a great feeling. I couldn't have done it without so many people. You know, number one, just even started to play tennis. Then, all the coaches and everybody, conditioning coach, Federation, and my wife, who probably sat through about 800 of them; wouldn't have been possible without them.
I had excellent support staff throughout my whole career. Every one of them has made some sacrifices for me to be there today. It's a special day for me, winning a title plus getting to the magic number of 1000.
In Brisbane 2015, Roger Federer scored the 1000th ATP victory.
Yeah, it feels very different to any other match I've ever won because I never thought about anything, reaching 500 or 800.
All those numbers didn't mean anything to me, but for some reason, 1000 means a lot because it's such a huge number. Just alone to count to 1000 is going to take a while. Yeah, it's funny emotions right now, but very proud and happy.
I probably remember I would say 800 of them at least. I hope I do. It's almost more likable winning this way through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in the final. It means so much more than just running away with a 6-4, 6-4 win, which was looking very likely at one stage.
I guess I was much happier having to go three sets in the end than win in straight. I didn't say it on the court, but every time I see Rod or Roy, I'm thankful for them paving the way for us, having played I don't know how many exhibition matches promoting tennis in the world and giving us this platform.
And then it kept improving, more people were able to come, and it became a professional tour. We were able to make a living out of it. So many players have an opportunity to make it, you know, from any place in the world. Fans have a significant impact on the game today.
To win in a packed stadium is very nice. I never even thought about Jimmy Connors' record. Next thing you know, you're in the top-3. I know how well they've played over the years, how much they've played, and how successful they've played.
It's not a goal of mine in any way. Clearly, at this point, I doubt that it's going to happen, but you never know. I have no idea, like I said, how long I'm going to keep on playing. The goal is to remain in the game as long as possible.
For that, I need to stay injury‑free. I need to be hungry, motivated, and all that. For the moment, I am, so that's more of a concern than reaching that number," Roger Federer said,