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Roger Federer ties Jimmy Connors

Updated: May 28, 2012, 2:50 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PARIS -- Roger Federer tied Jimmy Connors' Open era record of 233 Grand Slam match wins by beating Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Federer, who owns a record 16 major championships, is 233-35 at tennis' top four tournaments, a .869 winning percentage. Connors was 233-49. The Open era began in 1968.

"That's a big one, because that was longevity," Federer said. "Jimmy is obviously one of the greats of all time and was around ...

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