Roger Federer has secured the 100th title of his profession with a win on the Dubai Championships on Saturday.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated rising Greek expertise Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-Four, 6-Four to turn into the second male participant to win 100 singles titles after American Jimmy Connors, who gained 109.
Tsitsipas, who defeated Federer within the fourth spherical of the Australian Open and gained the Open 13 in Marseille final week, was unable to cease Federer from making historical past.
“I am delighted. It is nice to win my eighth right here in Dubai and together with my 100th singles title,” Federer stated. “Powerful circumstances and hard opponents. To win in Marseille after which come right here was troublesome for Stefanos.”
Federer, who had been caught on 99 titles since triumphing at his hometown Basel event in October, broke Tsitsipas within the first sport of the match and saved two break factors at 5-Four to say the primary set in 36 minutes.
Tsitsipas, who will break into the highest 10 for the primary time Monday, held agency as much as Four-Four within the second set earlier than the 37-year-old Federer switched gears to take the decisive break and serve to win the match.
Federer gained each level and managed to seal the win with an ace to say his 100th profession singles title.
“It has been an extended, fantastic journey and it began as a junior world champion,” Federer stated. “It has been nice. I would not do it any in a different way. I’ve cherished each minute.
“It is a privilege (to play towards potential champions) as a result of I will be watching them on TV. It was a deal with to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I am positive Stefanos may have a beautiful profession. Tennis is in good palms no matter if I am there or not.”
Federer has gained not less than one ATP trophy in almost each season since his first title, lacking out solely in 2016 when he suffered a knee damage.
The Swiss gained 24 of his 100 titles in consecutive finals from Oct. 2003 to Oct. 2005 and the magnitude of Federer’s achievement was not misplaced on Tsitsipas.
“It is an honour enjoying towards Roger. I’ve stated it hundreds of occasions, I have been idolising him because the age of 6 and watching him on TV, I used to be similar to you guys,” Tsitsipas stated after the match. “Now sharing the courtroom, it is even higher.
“You have created historical past in tennis and hold doing what you are doing. You are doing very well.”
Data from Reuters was used on this report.