Dubai Tennis Championships: Roger Federer Notches Title Number 100

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Roger Federer reached yet another milestone in his glittering career when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships.

Federer, 37, will have to win 10 more titles to beat Connors' men's record of 109, a record he set when he was 37 years old, while Martina Navratilova holds the all-time record having won 167 women's singles crowns during her career.

Federer, 37, said he never envisioned winning 100 titles - becoming just the second player along with 109-time victor Jimmy Connors to hit triple digits. He had already lost to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas once this season, as the Greek youngster knocked Federer out of the Australian Open in the fourth round in January.

Tennis fans around the world saw the move as Federer making a final attempt at claiming a second title at Roland Garros.

The only man ahead of him, Jimmy Connors, congratulated him via Twitter. "Seriously, I'm trying to get there", he said. I think that was a secret for me.

"The courts are ideal, they suit my game and if I go well there it will set me up perfectly for Wimbledon". I think this number proves that.

"Just thinking about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't know how you did that. I'm joking", he said. "Some were more important than others, some were nicer than others but at the end every one has a special meaning for me".

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"Yeah, a lot of things went right". I'd be happy with 100 [match] wins ...

During his pre-tournament press conference, Federer was quizzed on if this will be his last visit to the California event as a player.

Tsitsipas admitted he had few chances in the rout. So how has he managed to maintain his position as one of the game's greats for so long?
"I think I needed to get really match tough to be able to be at 100 percent every single day, that was not easy for me, checking my emotions, that was not easy".

"It felt like he was controlling everything on his own terms".

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.

Federer did not look back after breaking in the opening game as he sealed a comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory in 70 minutes for his eighth title in this event.

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