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Federer beats Tsitsipas in Dubai final for 100th ATP title

Roger Federer claimed the 100th ATP name of his occupation by way of beating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-Four 6-Four within the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion became the second man within the Open Era to claim 100 titles after American Jimmy Connors who received 109.

Swiss Federer additionally avenged his surprise defeat by way of Tsitsipas within the Australian Open fourth round in January and will climb to quantity 4 within the ratings on Monday.

"I'm delighted. It's great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title," Federer said.

"Tough conditions and tough opponents. To win in Marseille (last Sunday) and then come here was difficult for Stefanos."

Federer, who were stuck on 99 titles since triumphing at his place of birth match in Basel in October, broke Tsitsipas within the first game of the match and stored two destroy issues at 5-Four to claim the first set in 36 minutes.

Tsitsipas, who will destroy into the top 10 for the first time, held company up to Four-Four in the second set earlier than the 37-year-old Federer switched tools to seal the decisive destroy and shut out the victory.

"I don't know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title," Federer joked following a tribute video that incorporated his first name in Milan in 2001.

"It's a privilege (to play towards attainable champions) because I'm going to be looking at them on TV. It was a deal with to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I'm sure Stefanos may have a stupendous occupation.

"Tennis is in just right hands regardless of if I'm there or now not."

Federer has received at least one ATP trophy in nearly each season since his first name, missing out most effective in 2016 when he suffered a knee harm.

The Swiss received 24 of his 100 titles in consecutive finals from Oct. 2003 to Oct. 2005 and the magnitude of Federer's achievement was now not lost on Tsitsipas.

"Just desirous about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't understand how you probably did that. I'd be proud of 100 (match) wins... I'm joking," he said.

"It's an honour taking part in Roger... I've been idolising him since I used to be six and looking at him on TV, I used to be just like you guys... I had the largest smile on my face."

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