The Stat Sheet: Federer joins 100-titles club

07 March, 2019, 12:22 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Roger Federer aims to continue his positive start to the season

Federer enjoyed a historic week in Dubai as he lifted an eighth trophy in the Middle Eastern country to become only the second player after Jimmy Connors to win 100 ATP Tour singles titles.

Roger Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai.

By beating a player almost half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan. Eight of his victories have come in Dubai. And that is exactly what he did, holding to love to wrap up a 69-minute triumph. If I'm not playing with much confidence, I can very easily lose a lot of close matches for a few weeks in a row. It's an absolute dream come true for me.

The Swiss maestro made history in Dubai after adding a century of career titles to his staggering list of tennis achievements following a smooth 6-4, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. "I hadn't played since Australia", explained Federer who had been defeated by Tsitsipas in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.

The fate of the second set and the final overall chose to break Federer in the eighth game - Zizipus, leading 30:0 on his serve in the climax made two consecutive mistakes and gave the opponent a chance to apply for the title. "I had tough opponents all the way to Stefanos today. It's a privilege you know because it was a special treat to play against my heroes growing up, Agassi and Sampras and those players", said Federer. This means that Stefanos broke in the top10 (career high).

"I don't feel disrespected by him serving underhand".

Rafael Nadal could meet Federer in a blockbuster semi-final
Rafael Nadal could meet Federer in a blockbuster semi-final

By beating a player almost half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan.

He missed out on the century at the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals in London and then at Melbourne - failing to make the final at any of those events, but when he got there in Dubai there was no room for doubt.

"A hundred [titles] is just completely insane - I'd be happy with 100 wins. I'm very, very happy right now". I thought about it this week because I know they said they were interested to have me again next year, if it was okay to announce it during the week.

"It's an honour playing Roger".

Isner also has his family with him in the desert, including his wife Madison, and their six-month-old daugher, Hunter.

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