Roger Federer has won his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Tennis Championships – 6,600 days after winning his first in Milan.
The 37-yr-light Swiss – a 20-time Huge Slam champion – beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4.
Federer’s first ATP title came at the Milan Indoors on 4 February, 2001, when he beat Frenchman Julien Boutter.
“It’s an absolute dream reach staunch correct now,” acknowledged Federer, who will change into world number four on Monday.
He is solely the 2nd man, after American Jimmy Connors in 1983, to reach the landmark.
“I’m elated. It be fleshy to grab my eighth right here in Dubai and alongside with my 100th singles title,” he added.
“To grab in Marseille and then reach right here used to be complicated for Stefanos.
“I originate not know if Stefanos used to be born once I won my first title (he used to be, in August 1998). It be a privilege [to play against possible future champions] because I will seemingly be watching them on the TV. It used to be a take care of to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m decided Stefanos can admire an even looking out occupation.
“Tennis is in correct hands regardless if I’m there or not.”
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Federer broke Tsitsipas, 20, in the fundamental game of the match forward of saving two shatter aspects at 5-4 to perceive out the fundamental set.
The Greek – who will shatter into the realm high 10 for the fundamental time on Monday – held his nerve in the 2nd set till 4-4, forward of Federer broke his serve over over again to wrap up the final in 69 minutes.
World number 11 Tsitsipas used to be Federer’s fiftieth assorted final opponent and the 25th assorted nationality.
It used to be simplest the 2nd time the pair had met, with Tsitsipas beating Federer in four sets in the Australian Originate final 16 in January.
Federer will desire to grab 10 more titles to beat Connors’ men’s account of 109, while Martina Navratilova holds the all-time account having won 167 girls’s singles crowns at some level of her occupation.
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Jimmy Connors’ account remains a mighty one.
He won his 109th and final match in Tel Aviv in the month after turning 37, and that used to be over six years forward of he in the ruin called it a day.
Connors won 15 titles – in conjunction with the Australian Originate, Wimbledon and the US Originate – in his standout season of 1974. Nothing that Federer achieves ought to aloof remotely diminish Connors’ feat, though the Swiss is taking part in in what the Huge Slam roll of honour reveals to be doubtlessly the most attention-grabbing generation in men’s tennis.
Is there any map Federer can raise Connors? Potentially not, given his age, as he would ought to retain his recent strike rate for one other couple of seasons.
If overtaking Connors’ account used to be paramount, Federer might maybe maybe purpose the smaller, much less aggressive, occasions. Nonetheless this is succesful of reach at the expense of the Huge Slams, which reside Federer’s overriding motivation.
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