Roger Federer hit a major milestone on Saturday, March 1, 2019, beating Greek phenom Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in Dubai for his 100th tour-level title.
The second-seeded Swiss star now trails only Jimmy Connors (109 career titles) after winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s been a long, wonderful journey. ... I have loved every minute,” Federer said afterward.
“It’s been tough but the sacrifice has been very, very worthwhile and we’ll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank. Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.”
Federer has won at least one title every year since winning his maiden title in Milan at 19 years old in 2001. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles along the way.
“If I reach milestones like this along the way it’s wonderful, but I’m really not here to shatter all the records,” Federer said. “What Jimmy did was an unbelievable achievement and he should be proud of that. I’m proud of other things I have done. It was a special evening playing Stefanos and seeing the future coming up. It’s part of the journey.”
In the only previous career meeting between Tsitsipas, 20, and Federer, 37, Tsitsipas emerged with a 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5) win this year in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Tsitsipas also won the tournament in Marseille, France, last week for his second career title.
Tsitsipas will rise to No. 10 in the world when the new rankings are released next week.