Roger Federer made record when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday at the Dubai Championships to win the 100th title of his career.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner won eighth trophy at the Dubai Championship . ” Winning 100 is a dream come true, ” Federer was happy and exhilarated at the achievement.
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.
Tsitsipas, who will become the world’s top 10 on Monday, paid tribute to his opponent.
“I’ve been idolizing him since the age of 6… And now sharing the court. it’s even better, the 20-year-old said.
“100 is just completely insane __ I’d be happy with 100 wins. Seriously, I’m trying to get there, “he added.
Federer had to work hard this week, winning in three sets over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco.
Tsitspas saw the end of an eight-match winning streak as he arrived in the Marseille title from last weekend.
Federer broke in the opening game of the final but had to battle to claim the opening set.
Tsitsipas saved three set points in the final game before Federer __ who faced two break points___ finished off the set as Tsitsipas returned wide off the court.
In the second, a break in the penultimate game for 5-4 and a service hold a game letter were enough as Tsitsipas put a forehand into the net.