Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles

Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles

Federer wins Dubai Championships, reaches 100 career titles

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has achieved another feat in his already illustrious career as he thrashed Greek professional Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to lift his 100th ATP title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. It's been a long, wonderful journey and it all started as a junior world champion.

His 99th trophy came last October at his home event in Basel.

"I'm just happy on all fronts how my game has progressed, how well I played in the final, winning the eighth Dubai title, winning the 100th".

"Welcome to the "Triple Digit" tournament victory club", Connors said in a Twitter post to Federer, "I've been a bit lonely - glad to have the company!"

He said after making history: "I'm happy I broke the record here because this is always the tournament that's meant the most to me".

The 20-time Grand Slam victor claimed a record eighth trophy at the Aviation Club. But I am not. I think what Jimmy did was an unbelievable achievement. "I got off on a flyer in the beginning and never looked back", said Federer, who landed 76 per cent of his first serves and won 83 per cent of those points.

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It is Lionel Messi and many greats in the football, Sachin Tendulkar for the cricket but if we talk about Tennis then only one name bangs in your head is "Roger Federer" who regarded as a legend of the game for many years.

The Chilean world number 92 will face number-three seed Guido Pella, who defeated Laslo Djere -7-6 (10) 7-6 (1).

Next up for Federer is Indian Wells, where he will seek to win the hard-court tournament against usual rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The early scoreline was harsh on the aggressive Tsitsipas and he rallied from 40-0 down as Federer served for the opener to earn two break points, only for the veteran to dig in and eventually secure the set.

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.

The errant forehand into the middle of the net gave Federer a 5-4 lead and gave him a chance to serve out the match after the changeover.

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