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Filippo Volandri claims his 300th match win on the ATP Challenger Tour in Milan.

Volandri Joins 300 Wins Club

ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to Filippo Volandri, who has become the fourth player to record 300 match wins on the ATP Challenger Tour.

Whoever said that the best things in life come in threes was clearly thinking of the 2015 season on the ATP Challenger Tour.

On Tuesday, Filippo Volandri became the third player in less than two months to reach the 300 match wins milestone on the circuit. The 33-year-old Italian defeated Oriol Roca Batalla 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Aspria Tennis Cup in Milan to cross the threshold.

On May 13, Yen-Hsun Lu joined Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo as the only members of the club with a second round victory in Seoul, South Korea. Then, on May 23, Paolo Lorenzi made history with a quarter-final win in Eskisehir, Turkey. Exactly one month later, Volandri would follow his countryman. The former World No. 25 was caught off guard following the match.

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"Honestly, it was a great surprise for me because I didn't remember that I was so close to this achievement," Volandri said during an on-court ceremony following the match. "It's nice to reach it here in Milan that is a special tournament for me. I like it, though it means that time passes."

The 2013 Milan champion, Volandri is a 12-time titlist on the ATP Challenger Tour. Two years ago, he defeated Alejandro Gonzalez in three sets to claim the ATP Challenger Tour Finals crown in Sao Paulo.


Career Challenger Match Record

The Italian veteran has also enjoyed considerable success at the tour-level, amassing 176 match wins including 30 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He is the only member of the '300 Wins Club' to have won an ATP World Tour title, defeating Xavier Malisse in St. Poelten 2004 and Nicolas Lapentti in Palermo 2006.

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When asked to identify the biggest win of his career, Volandri pointed to a Round of 16 victory over then World No. 1 Roger Federer on home soil at the 2007 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. "Too easy. The win over Roger at the Foro Italico."

Volandri, who is already looking ahead to a career in broadcasting after he retires, admitted that 400 wins would be out of reach. "400 seems too much," the Italian said, laughing. "I just live day-by-day trying to enjoy every single match I play."

Seeded eighth this week, Volandri will face Tomislav Brkic in Thursday's second round.