Roger Federer wins 100th ATP title in Dubai with victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas
Roger Federer has won his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Tennis Championships – 6,600 days after winning his first in Milan.
The 37-year-old Swiss – a 20-time Grand Slam champion – beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4.
Federer’s first ATP title came at the Milan Indoors on 4 February, 2001, when he beat Frenchman Julien Boutter.
“It is an absolute dream come true right now,” said Federer, who will become world number four on Monday.
He is just the second man, after American Jimmy Connors in 1983, to reach the landmark.
“I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title,” he added.
“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 (he was, in August 1998). It’s a privilege [to play against possible future champions] because I’ll be watching them on the TV. It was a treat to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career.
“Tennis is in good hands regardless if I’m there or not.”