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CAREER 500 MATCH WINS CLUB (Active players
2019 as cilics of to 17 October 2019)
Player Match Wins
1) Roger Federer (SUI) 1,229
2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 967
3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 878
4) Andy Murray (GBR) 666
5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 640
6) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 544
7) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 537
8) Tommy Robredo (ESP) 533
9) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 509
10) Marin Cilic (CRO) 500
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Cilic’s maiden Grand Slam crown
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CILIC’S MILESTONE MATCH WINS
No. Opponent Year/Tournament
1 Igor Andreev (RUS) 2006 Zagreb 1R
100 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 2009 Vienna SF
200 Lukas Rosol (CZE) 2012 Queen’s Club 3R
300 Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2014 US Open F
400 Steve Darcis (BEL) 2017 Istanbul QF
500 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 2019 Moscow 2R