20-time grand slam winner Roger Federer claimed the 100th title of his career after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday at the Dubai Championships. Federer claimed a record eighth trophy at the Aviation Club.
The Swiss international displayed a sensational performance as he dominated much of the 69-minute final against the 11th ranked Greece international. Earlier in the Australian Open in Melbourne, the 20-year-old Tsisipas sent shock waves across the tennis world, when he defeated Federer in the fourth round of the competition.
“It’s so special to win my eighth here combined with 100,” Federer said. “I had tough opponents all the way through — right up to Stefanos today.
“He’s already having a great career, the game is in good hands.” Federer joins Jimmy Connors (109) as the only other man to have won 100 titles.
His 99th trophy came last October at his home event in Basel.
He missed out on his century at the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the Australian Open.
Federer had to work hard this week, winning in three sets over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco.
Tsitsipas saw the end of an eight-match winning streak as he arrived in the Gulf with the Marseille title from last weekend.
Federer broke in the opening game of the final, but had to battle to claim the opening set.
Tsitsipas saved three set points in the final game before Federer — who faced two break points — finished off the set as Tsitsipas returned wide.
In the second, a break in the penultimate game for 5-4 and a service hold a game later were enough as Tsitsipas put a forehand into the net.
(With Inputs From AFP)