ROGER Federer surpassed Jimmy Connors with his 234th victory in grand slam matches, but he certainly did not have things all his own way against Romania's Adrian Ungur at the French Open this afternoon.
The third seed's first-round victory over Tobias Kamke had seen him draw level with Connors' record, while he also became the first man to win at least 50 matches at all the slams.
Federer breezed through the first two sets today against Ungur, an unheralded 27-year-old ranked 92nd in the world, but let slip two match points in the third before edging the fourth to win 6-3 6-2 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 in two hours and 27 minutes.
Ungur has played only on clay this year but his victory over David Nalbandian in round one on Monday was his first this year at main tour level.
Federer was totally in control until the middle of the third set, when Ungur suddenly began to trouble the 16-time grand slam champion and draw mistakes.
He had two break points in the sixth game and then two set points at 5-4, but when Federer saved all of them it seemed the Swiss would prevail.
It certainly looked that way when he moved 6-4 ahead in the tie-break but he was mistiming a number of shots and a netted backhand gave Ungur a fourth successive point and the set.
Federer then had to save two break points in the opening game of the fourth set, and this time he took advantage, immediately moving 2-0 ahead and holding onto the break to clinch victory.