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By defeating compatriot Feliciano Lopez 46 63 61 in the first round at the Foro Italico on Tuesday, David Ferrer joined an elite group of players to have won 700 ATP Tour matches.
The Spaniard is the 13th player in ATP World Tour history to have achieved the feat and follows in the footsteps of tennis greats such as Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi.
Ferrer has amassed his 700 victories over a 15-year period and in a career which has seen him win 26 singles titles, finish as runner-up at Roland Garros and reach a career-high ranking of No. 3. He was also a member of the Spanish team that won Davis Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
“The number indicates that I have been a very consistent player over many years, and many matches,” Ferrer told ATPWorldTour.com. “It’s a very big figure, very difficult to achieve. I am very proud and humbled by the achievement. If someone had told me at the start of my career that I would be in this situation, I wouldn’t have believed it.”
The world No. 30 will be bidding for victory No. 701 when he takes on Kei Nishikori in the second round.