Roger Federer wins 100th career title

Roger Federer wins 100th career title

Roger Federer wins 100th career title

Roger Federer clinched his 100th ATP Tour singles title with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

- Roger Federer won his 100th career title when he defeated Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships.

Saturday's win was not only a repeat of Federer's Australian Open meeting with Tsitsipas, who surprised the Swiss veteran player in four sets on his way to the semifinals, but it also marks Federer's eighth title in Dubai.

"I don't know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title", Federer joked. "Tough conditions and tough opponents".

Jimmy Connors is the other male player to reach the 100 title milestone, and he ended his career on 109 titles.

It all began for Federer with his first title coming in Milan in January 2001, where at an ATP event worth 175 ranking points he prevailed over Frenchman Julien Boutter in the final.

The 37-year-old has won more men's Grand Slam singles titles than anyone else, winning his 20th with success in Melbourne last year so his next goal is to add major No 21 but for now he can bask in the glory of yet another title triumph.

Tsitsipas, who will break into the top 10 for the first time on Monday, held firm up to 4-4 in the second set before the 37-year-old Federer switched gears to seal the decisive break and close out the victory. "It's been great. I wouldn't do it any differently". I'm sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career.

Federer has won at least one ATP trophy in almost every season since his first title, missing out only in 2016 when he suffered a knee injury.

"It's an honour playing Roger..." I'd be happy with 100 (match) wins...

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