Federer hits century mark of titles with victory in Dubai

Federer hits century mark of titles with victory in Dubai

Federer, owner of a men's record 20 Grand Slam titles, reached the 100-title milestone with a ruthless 6-4, 6-4 dismantling of Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Dubai Championship final last Sunday.

Navratilova and Evert, the all-time singles title leaders, both went a few months before reaching the century mark, as did Connors, who capped off his big moment at the place that defined him throughout his career, the US Open, which he won for the fifth time in 1983.

"We congratulate Roger Federer on his fantastic achievement in winning 100 titles, and winning here in Dubai for the eighth time, more than any other player", Soprt24 quoted Colm McLoughlin, executive vice-chairperson and CEO of Dubai Championships, as saying.

Retired tennis player James Blake jokingly tweeted after his daughter compared his 10 singles title wins: "Thanks Roger, for making me look bad in front of my kids", while Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman tweeted his "huge congrats to my mate".

Federer pulled off the feat in his fourth tournament, only one off Connors' pace among men set back in 1983.

"I want to play as long as I possibly can", said Isner. I think that was a secret for me.

"Just thinking about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't know how you did that. I have loved every minute", Federer said. This is where I've won so many of them. This number proves why this was a very exciting week for me.

"Yeah, a lot of things went right".

During his pre-tournament press conference, Federer was quizzed on if this will be his last visit to the California event as a player.

"I'm so happy I'm still playing", Federer said.

"I don't know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title", Federer joked following a video tribute that included his first title in Milan in 2001. "I've been idolising him since I was six".

Tsitsipas saw the end of an eight-match winning streak as he arrived in the Gulf with the Marseille title from last weekend.

Tsitsipas saved three set points in the final game before Federer - who faced two break points - finished off the set as the Greek returned wide.

"It's a privilege [to play against potential champions like Tsitsipas] because I'll be watching them on TV", Federer said.

In the second set, a break in the penultimate game for 5-4 and a service hold a game later were enough as Tsitsipas put a forehand into the net.

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