Paris: Roger Federer kicked off his 50th straight major with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win over Germany's Tomas Kamke at the French Open on Monday to equal Jimmy Connors' record of 233 Grand Slam match victories.

Federer, the record 16-time Grand Slam title winner, is now 233-35 lifetime at the majors.

Monday's win was also his 50th against 12 losses at Roland Garros having made his debut as a wildcard in 1999 where he lost to Australia's Pat Rafter in the first round.

Since that time, he has missed just one Grand Slam -- the 1999 US Open where he failed to qualify.

"I get a great deal of pleasure playing here. When I play well, the numbers come with me. It's great to have played and won here so often. I hope it continues," said Federer.

The Swiss star took victory over Kamke on a sixth match point and will next face either David Nalbandian of Argentina or Adrian Ungur of Romania.


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