By Hamad Hussain
KARACHI, March 2, 2019 (SNN247.com) – Roger Federer of Switzerland won his 100th ATP career title on Saturday night when he lifted a record eighth title in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in a grand fashion.
Roger Federer, who needed one more title triumph to become only the second tennis player to win 100 or more titles in the Open Era (Professional Era), defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in straight sets by 6-4 6-4 to enter the magical 100th title to his tally, which also includes 20 Grand Slam titles.
Jimmy Connors of the United States is the only other player to have won 100 or more titles in the Professional Era. The American tennis ace ended his glittering tennis career with a remarkable tally of 109 titles.
Jimmy Connors wasted no time in congratulating the modern times Swiss tennis legend. Jimmy Connors took to Twitter to greet the Swiss tennis maestro. His post read, “Welcome to the ‘Triple Digit’ tournament victory club. I’ve been a bit lonely — glad to have the company!!!”
Roger Federer, 37, won the iconic title with an easy victory over the Greek player who was almost half of his age, 20 to be precise. With the title triumph in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, Roger Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every year since claiming his first title in 2001 in Milan, Italy.
Talking about his long tennis journey, Roger Federer told an interviewer after the match, “It’s been a long, wonderful journey. I have loved every minute. 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.”
The legendary Swiss tennis magician has also won 20 Grand Slams, the most by any player, including record eight titles at Wimbledon, record six titles at ATP Finals. Federer also continued to whelm the ATP Rankings for a record 310 weeks, which also included 237 straight weeks reign as the world’s number one player.
The Dubai Open title victory was also a sweet revenge for Roger Federer as he avenged his loss to the young Greek in the quarter-final round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
Federer stated, “I’m so happy I’m still playing. It all started as a junior world champion. It’s been great. I wouldn’t do it any differently.”
Roger Federer is looking all set to finish his remarkable tennis career as the world’s most prominent tennis player and toppling Jimmy Connors must be on top of his list of records that keeps adding new milestones to the tally.