"It was not easy, the conditions were hard and I had tough opponents all the way, right up to Stefanos today", a beaming Federer said.
The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam victor bagged his eighth Dubai title against Tsitsipas, but he didn't have it all his own way: the 20-year-old matched Federer work all the way in both sets but in the end, the experience of the 37-year-old proved too much for the youngster. I enjoyed competing against my idols when I was starting out, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, it was my dream.
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.
With the victory, the 20-time Grand Slam champion joins an extremely exclusive "Century Club", which aside from himself and Connors, also celebrates German Steffi Graf (107), American Chris Evert (154) and Czech-born American Martina Navratilova (167) as it's elite members.
While his latest ATP victory is obviously a milestone moment, according to Federer, it is not necessarily his most memorable. I've loved every minute. Then, of course, also Hamburg in 2002 when I broke the top 10 and beat [Marat] Safin in the finals - completely out of the blue. "I'm not kidding now if I tell you I was hoping I would not go down as a player to never win a tournament, because I lost my first two quite dramatically".
Roger Federer's 100-watt smile said it all.
The Greek, who will break into the world top 10 for the first time on Monday, held his nerve in the second set until 4-4, before Federer broke his serve once again to wrap up the final in 69 minutes. "I've said it thousands of times, I've been idolising him since the age of 6 and watching him on TV, I was just like you guys", Tsitsipas said after the match. "I'm joking", he said.
" It's an honour playing Roger".