100 no matter! Roger Federer wins the 100th ATP Tour title with victory over Stefanos Tsitipas in Dubai
- Roger Federer achieved an incredible 100 ATP Tour titles with victory in Dubai
- The 37-year-old Swiss defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday-afternoon
- Federer’s first title came all the way back in 2001 when he beat Julien Boutter
Roger Federer 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 Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion became the second man in the Open Era to claim 100 titles after American Jimmy Connors who won 109.
The Swiss Federer also avenged his shock defeat against Tsitsipas in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January.
Roger Federer defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and achieved his 100th ATP tour title with a win in Dubai
WINNERS WITH SINGLE TITLE IN OPEN TIME
1 Jimmy Connors 109
2 Roger Federer 100
3 Ivan Lendl 94
4 Rafael Nadal 80
5 John McEnroe 77
6 Rod Laver 74
7 Novak Djokovic 73
8 = Bjorn Borg 64
8 = Pete Sampras 64
10 Guillermo Vilas 62
“I am delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my hundredth singles title, ”said Federer.
“Difficult conditions and tough opponents.
“To win in Marseille and get here afterwards was difficult for Stefanos.”
Federer, who has been stuck on 99 titles since he triumphed at his hometown Basel tournament in October, broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the game and saved two breakpoints at 5-4 to claim the first set in 36 minutes.
Tsitsipas, who will break into the top 10 on Monday, held firm to 4-4 in the second set before 37-year-old Federer changed gears to end the decisive break and end the win.
“I don’t know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title,” Federer quipped.
“It’s a privilege (to play against potential champions) because I’ll watch them on TV. It was a joy to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I am sure Stefanos will have a great career.
“Tennis is in good hands whether I am there or not.”
The Swiss poses with his trophy after taking the 6-4 6-4 straight sets victory
TITLES OF THE FEDER IN FIGURES
20 – Grand slam titles, a record for men.
27 – Masters titles.
8 – Wimbledon titles, an all-time record.
5 – Federer has won both Wimbledon and the US Open five times in a row.
6 – Australian Open titles, second only to Novak Djokovic
9 – Titles at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle and the Swiss Indoors in his native Basel.
69 – Titles on hard court.
18 – Titles on grass.
11 – Titles on clay.
2 – Titles on carpet.
6 – ATP Finals titles, an absolute record.
12 – Titles won in 2006, Federer’s most productive season.
24 – Successive finals were won between October 2003 and November 2005.