Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles

Roger Federer moves ahead of Jimmy Connors counting to 20

Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles

"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 has won his 100th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour title at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

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".

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