With a 7-6 (2) 7-6 (1) win over Florian Mayer Friday in Stuttgart, Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 Mercedes Cup, and moved past Ivan Lendl to stand alone with the second most wins in history. The Swiss maestro fired a forehand winner down the line to clinch his 1,072 career win. Only Jimmy Connors has won more matches (1,256).
Federer will face rising star Dominic Thiem, who has ascended into the top 10 following his semifinal run at Roland Garros. The 23-year-old Austrian defeated 2002 champion Mikhail Youzhny, 3-6 6-4 7-5.
“I think it was a good match really, with long rallies,” said Federer. “I thought that I played much better. I’m not sure if the stats showed it, but I felt [that] I served better. I’m really pleased how I felt this morning, my shoulder is a little sore having served a lot against [Taylor] Fritz. But that’s exactly the kind of thing I need to feel having gotten back onto the match courts.”