French Open: Federer Ties Connors Grand Slam Record

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Roger Federer may not be atop the tennis world anymore but he still has an unshakeable habit of shattering tour records.

On May 28, Federer tied American Jimmy Connors' record of 233 grand slam match victories at the French Open en route to potentially, his 17th major tennis title.

Federer beat German Tobias Kamke 6-2 7-5 6-3 in the first round and can surpass Connors's professional-era record with a win in the second round.

The 16-time grand slam title winner is now 233-35 lifetime at the major tournaments.

 "I think that's a big one, because that was longevity. Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time, and was around for 20 years," Federer said about his latest record. "I love the big tournaments. I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that record, at 30 years old, is pretty incredible, so I'm very happy.''

Federer also revealed his goal of eclipsing Connors's record of 109 tournament titles although he is 36 titles away at the moment with 74 titles.

"He had 109 career victories, I'm at 74 now. Is it possible for me to equal Connors' titles? 110, that would be a round figure. That would be incredible. But that's a dream. I go year after year, and we'll see." Federer said.

Federer admitted on Monday that his relationship with the American legend has not always been close.

"He didn't talk to me much when he was working with Andy Roddick. He was quite distant at that time, which is a bit weird, because I got on very well with Roddick," explained Federer.

"But I think he respects me very much. He is much closer to Nadal than to me. Maybe that's the reason."

Monday's win was also Federer's 50th against 12 losses at Roland Garros. The No. 3 seed was not at his best in his Roland Garros opener but was still too strong for Kamke.

The 2009 champion and four-time runner-up to Nadal had to fight back from a break down in the second set and hit some wayward shots against the 78th-ranked Kamke but was happy to get through in straight sets.

"They're never easy, those first rounds. The last thing you want is to go down a set or get in a tough situation, but I was able to stay ahead in the first set, had some ups and downs on my serve." Federer said.

"But overall I'm happy I'm through. That's what I look at in the end. Sometimes you have to come through when you're not playing your very best. I missed a few too many shots, but I was always in the lead and could afford to do those.'' Federer added.

In the second round, Federer will face Romania's Adrian Ungur, who defeated former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5.