Rafael Nadal set a milestone yesterday as he played his 1000th ATP Tour match defeating world number 31 and German Philipp Kohlschreiber at the third round.
The Spanish beat Kohlschreiber 0-6 6-2 6-4 to reach the fourth round. It was the first time Nadal has failed to win a game in the first set of an ATP Tour since 2008.
The 1000th ATP Tour matches has produced 822 wins for the Spanish and has become the 11th tennis player to achieve that milestone.
The leading tennis player in terms of more ATP Tour matches played is American Jimmy Connors who played 1535 matches.
Nadal said after the game and on his milestone saying it was ‘a lot of matches’.
“One thousand matches is a lot of matches. Obviously that’s good news because that says I am having a long career.”
“During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it’s something important for me. I remember the first match very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.”
In the other games, there were wins for Kei Nishikori who beat Spanish Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 while Milos Raonic from Canada had to pull out of his match against American Jared Donaldson due to a recurrent hamstring injury. He said; “It was not possible to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”
In the Women’s single, Briton Johanna Konta beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-0 while Angelique Kerber came from a break down in each set to defeat American Shelby Rogers 6-4 7-5.
Johanna Konta will face Lara Arruabarrena who upset Madison Keys 7-5 7-5 while Kerber will play Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki who saw off Julia Goerges 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.