Tennis star Roger Federer has equalled Andre Agassi with the second-highest number of grand slam wins in the Open era (post 1968).
The Swiss world number three defeated Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Monday with a first-round victory at the US Open.
Federer, a 16-time major champion, now has 224 grand slam wins, the same number as the now retired American player and nine behind Jimmy Connors.
“It’s a magnificent tally which shows that I have done a lot of things right during my career,” Federer said when he heard the news.
Federer, who turned 30 on August 8, is trying to win at least one major tournament for the ninth straight year and become the first man over 30 to win a grand slam title since Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open.
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