8/14/09 10:22 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer admits that as his career match count increases, looking back on all of his success is occasionally becoming a bit fuzzy.
The Swiss, 28, has played more than 800 matches at the ATP level, winning nearly 600. With so many memories to choose from, his powers of selection are starting to kick in.
I'm getting to the point where I start forgetting matches now, you know, because I just have played so many," he confessed at the Montreal Masters. "I'm getting up there."
Take Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, whom he he faced at the US Open 11 months ago.
In the record books, Federer stood 2-0 in the series. But in his head, the pair had never played - or at least that's what Federer thought.
"For two days I said I never played the guy and I'm excited to play him for the first time, and then even when I was walking into the tunnel going into the match, you know, I never thought I played him before.
"And then I think (TV commentator John) McEnroe was making fun of me saying, I can't believe Roger makes a mistake, because the guy has played him twice before, once in Bangkok and once in Indian Wells."
Federer admitted: "I completely forgot those matches, that was when it must have started."
Regardless of the outcome of the final, the Montreal will be memorable for one statistical reason: for the first time in ATP history, the top eight players in the world all reached the quarter-finals at the same event, with Federer leading the way.
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