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Sports: Federer wins 100th title

Published:Saturday | March 2, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Roger Federer celebrates after winning his 100th ATP title at the Dubai Tennis Championship

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

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.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, dispatched Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4 6-4 to win the Dubai Tennis Championship.

"It is an absolute dream come true right now," Federer said after the match.

He is just the second man, after American Jimmy Connors in 1983, to win 100 ATP titles.

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

"To win in Marseille and then come here was difficult for Stefanos. I don't know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title. It's a privilege [to play against possible future champions] because I'll be watching them on the TV,” he added.

“It was a treat to play [former champions] Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I'm sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career. Tennis is in good hands regardless of if I'm there or not," he continued.

The Greek will break into the world top ten on Monday when he takes over number four in the ATP rankings.

Tsitsipas, who is ranked eleventh in the world, was Federer's 50th different opponent in a final and the 25th different nationality.

Federer needs to win ten more titles to surpass Connors' men's record of 109.

Martina Navratilova holds the all-time record with 167 women's singles titles during her career.

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