Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Roger Federer reached another milestone in his storied career, becoming the first player to reach 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2 victory over Vasek Pospisil Thursday at the Western & Southern Open.
The 33-year-old Swiss, who notched his first Masters 1000 win 14 years ago in Miami, began his campaign for a sixth Western & Southern Open title on a winning note after beating Pospisil in two hours.
Federer had a chance to clinch the milestone win on Sunday in the Rogers Cup final, but finished runner-up to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He had been attempting to win his 22nd Masters 1000 title and 80th overall.
In the third round, Federer will face the winner between 13th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Meanwhile, Jerzy Janowicz advanced to the third round via a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 upset win over world No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov.
Coming into the tournament with a 13-18 match record (he went 27-20 in 2013), Janowicz fired 12 aces in a win over Dimitrov.
Janowicz, who has not reached an ATP World Tour quarterfinal since Rotterdam in February, will next play Julien Benneteau. The Frenchman dismissed British qualifier James Ward, 6-2, 6-2.
Two-time former champion Andy Murray breezed into the third round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
The Scot will next play 2013 finalist and No. 11 seed John Isner, who defeated qualifier Marinko Matosevic, 6-3, 7-6(1).
On the women’s side, top seed Serena Williams defeated Samantha Stosur, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7), in the second round.
Sixth seed Angelique Kerber also advanced to the next round after a 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Other winners were Elina Svitolina, Sabine Lisicki, Carla Suarez Navarro, Lucie Safarova, Sloane Stephens and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.