Federer Chalks Up 50th Tourney Win

Swiss ace is the ninth player to hit benchmark since '68
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 20, 2007 12:49 AM CDT
Southern Financial Group Masters tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Mason, Ohio. It was the 50th career title for Federer. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Top-ranked tennis ace Roger Federer yesterday won his 50th tournament, becoming the fifth-youngest player to do so and the ninth since 1968. He beat James Blake 6-1, 6-4 at the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Ohio yesterday. The match is a prelude to this summer's US Open, which Federer is poised to dominate for the fourth consecutive year.

Federer , 26, has now posted 35 consecutive defeats of American players. Yesterday's match was routine for the superstar. After breaking Blake's serve early, Federer dominated with a solid first-serve that kept the American on his heels. When asked about his achievement, the reserved master admitted the had reached "a very special number." (Read more Roger Federer stories.)