300: This is Roger, his profession is tennis!
Roger Federer became the first man to achieve 300 singles wins at grand slams after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4 at Melbourne to move into the last 16 of the tournament.
He did it in 2 hours 40 minutes in a third round match that started outdoors but rain halted play forcing the match to be completed under the roof.
The 34 year old Swiss showed no signs of slowing down in his game when he edged past the Bulgarian who is very much likened to him as he has the same management, many of the same sponsors and often attracts comparisons in terms of playing style.
Federer had this to say about his opponent
“Yeah, it’s a little odd from time to time because I feel like he picks up the ball on the backhand and forehand side similar to me.”
“I really enjoy Grigor’s game, he’s got a great attitude, he’s a good guy. It’s nice playing him, I had a pleasure out here today.”
He now faces No 15 seed David Goffin of Belgium.
It was a day for more records as Maria Sharapova saw off a plucky Lauren Davis 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-0 to notch a 600th professional win.
Serena Williams was in magical form, taking just 45 minutes to beat 18-year-old Russian Darya Kasatkina 6-1 6-1.
Switzerland’s seventh seed Belinda Bencic beat Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine 4-6 6-2 6-4, while men’s seventh seed Kei Nishikori saw off Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-4 despite requiring treatment on his wrist.
French ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won in three tight sets against compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert, triumphing 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-4).