Federer beats Tsitsipas in Dubai to claim 100th title

05 March, 2019, 11:57 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
  • Roger Federer

The Swiss, victor of 20 Grand Slam tournaments, thus became the second man in the professional era to reach 100 titles on the circuit after the American Jimmy Connors, who won 109.

Connors ended his career with 109 titles.

The Greek, victor at the Open 13 Marseille last week, defeated Federer in four sets in a mammoth last-16 tussle at the Australian Open earlier this year but was no match for his esteemed opponent this time.

The Swiss maestro matched a feat that only Jimmy Connors has achieved by bringing up a century of tour-level wins with a 6-4 6-4 victory. I don't know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title. I have loved every minute, It is been tough but the sacrifice has been very, very worthwhile and we will see how much more I have got left in the tank. "I like these type of numbers or records", Federer said. He went on to win Wimbledon again later in the year before retaining the Australian Open title for grand slam number 20 in 2018. This is where I have won so many of them, been around for so long. "Tennis is in good hands, whether I'm there or not".

Federer spoke about his win and said, "I'm so happy I'm still playing".

"I have improved since previous year", Tsitsipas said.

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Having become so accustomed to claiming grand slam titles, Federer went five years without one until defeating Nadal in a Melbourne thriller in 2017. I was expecting it, for him to be a little more aggressive.

"Just happy on all fronts how my game progressed, how well I played in the final, on top of it winning the eighth, winning the 100th".

"It felt like he was controlling everything on his own terms".

There was a brief hiccup when serving for the set as he surrendered a 40-0 lead but Tsitsipas was unable to convert his two break opportunities before firing wide as Federer finally closed it out.

Federer, who won his 99th title in Basel in October, but didn't make a final since, was off the blocks like a sprinter, breaking the young Greek in the opening game at 15.

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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