Saturday, 29 February, 2020


Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds his trophy after winning the final match at the Dubai Duty Free T Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles
Noah Ferguson | 04 March, 2019, 19:55

Twelve months after he made Dubai debut in 2002, Roger Federer was back in the desert as the top-10 player and Masters 1000 champion, standing as one of the favorites and defeating Jiri Novak 6-1, 7-6 on March 2, 2003, for his sixth ATP title.

Roger Federer won his 100th career title on Saturday when he defeated Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships.

"I'm delighted. It's fantastic to win my eighth title here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title", Federer said.

Naturally disappointed to lose the final, Tsitsipas - who beat Federer in an epic four-set battle at the Australian Open in January - admitted he was pleased the player he grew up idolising had reached a century of titles.

"A lot of people always ask me about, 'Are you going to go for 109?'", said Federer.

"I played the right way".

Federer broke serve in the first game and took the first set on his fourth set point.

Roger Federer has marked himself out as arguably the greatest male player in the Open Era of professional tennis, but, like every player on the ATP Tour he had to work his way up from the bottom.

The 37-year-old has won more men's Grand Slam singles titles than anyone else, winning his 20th with success in Melbourne last year so his next goal is to add major No 21 but for now he can bask in the glory of yet another title triumph. I enjoyed competing against my idols when I was starting out, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, it was my dream.

The landmark victory comes 18 years or 6,600 days after the 37-year-old Swiss won his first ATP title in Milan, Italy in February 2001. Things happened fast. Best-of-three set tennis on a fast court against somebody like Stefanos, who also likes to take the ball early, I tried to be very aggressive myself and it worked out.

"He´s already having a great career, the game is in good hands".

"Reaching 100 titles - we're still far from it".

" I'm just happy I'm still healthy". I'd be happy with 100 (match) wins.

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

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