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Tennis: Federer advances with milestone Masters match win

Published on Aug 14, 2014 7:40 AM
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates during his match against Vasek Pospilil of Canada on day 5 at Western & Southern Open on Aug 13, 2014 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati,Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP 

CINCINNATI (AFP) - Roger Federer became the first man to win 300 matches at the ATP Masters 1000 level, beating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-2 on Wednesday in Cincinnati.

The victory in just over two hours put the 33-year-old world number three into the third round of his final tune-up tournament for the US Open.

The Swiss great, who had notched his 200th Masters match win against Lleyton Hewitt at Cincinnati five years ago, arrived at the tournament he has won five times off a runner-up finish to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto.

He delivered a dominant third set to finally subdue the 46th-ranked Pospisil, who was a finalist last month in Washington. He stretched his career record over the Canadian to 3-0.

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