The 37-year-old Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has open another history page to himself as he claimed the 100th ATP title of his career by beating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday morning.
World number 11 Tsitsipas, 20, was Federer’s 50th different final opponent and the 25th different nationality. It was only the second time the pair had met, with Tsitsipas beating Federer in four sets in the Australian Open last 16 in January.
The tennis legend who is also a 20-time Grand Slam champion, claimed a record eighth trophy at the Aviation Club. Federer second seed was untouchable throughout much of the 69-minute final as he gained revenge for his fourth-round Australian Open defeat by the 11th-ranked Greek youngster.
Federer will have to win 10 more titles to beat Connors’ men’s record of 109, while Martina Navratilova holds the all-time record having won 167 women’s singles crowns during her caree
Federer reiterated he doesn’t play the sport to break records but admitted reaching triple figures of career titles was a special occasion.
“I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title. “It’s been a difficult week for me, tough opponents throughout but credit to Stefanos as well, he played a great tournament.”Federer said.
It’s a privilege [to play against possible future champions] because I’ll be watching them on the TV. It was a treat to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career. Tennis is in good hands regardless if I’m there or not” said Federer.
Federer, who had been stuck on 99 titles since triumphing at his hometown Basel tournament in October, broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the match and saved two break points at 5-4 to claim the first set in 36 minutes.
Federer joins Jimmy Connors (109) as the only other man to have won 100 titles.His 99th trophy came last October at his home event in Basel.He missed out on his century at the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the Australian Open.