Roger Federer, 37, keeps writing history in tennis. The Swiss reached the next milestone in his career to become the second tennis player in the world to win 100 singles titles. The record still belongs to the American Jimmy Connors, who ended up his career with 109 titles.
Federer lifted his 100th trophy in what some fans named a ”revenge” match against the precocious Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The promising youngster dumped out Federer out of Australian Open earlier this year. In fact, when Federer won his first title in February 2001, his Saturday’s rival was two and a half year old.
Federer, who will celebrate his 38th birthday in August, has been waiting for quite some time for a new title after winning his 99th cup in his home tournament in Basel, Switzerland last year. Furthermore, he has not played since the Australian Open finale in January and confessed he did not expect to win in Dubai.
On the other hand, his opponent, the 20-year old Tsisipas, came to Dubai right after claiming Marseille Open crown last week.
Tsitsipas was among the first ones to congratulate Federer on the victory and his 100th title. The Greek said it was always a pleasure to play Roger whom he has been idolizing since he was a kid watching him on the TV.
After the tournament in Dubai, Federer moved to number four in the world. Is the tennis veteran trying to improve Connor’s record of 109 titles? Last year, Federer won four titles, and the year before – seven, which was impressive given it was his comeback season.
However, when the journalist bombarded him with this question during the press conference after the finale, Federer remained modest. He declined to have 110 titles in his plans, highlighting that he did not aim at shattering records. He noted it was vital for him to remain healthy and injury-free.
Since his first title when he was only 19-year-old, the Swiss tennis master has won at least one trophy in every season with at least four titles in 16 out of the previous 18 seasons, the official ATP statistics says, noting it also includes a record of 20 grand slam crowns.
It is worth mentioning that Federer won 33 of his tour-level titles after he turned 30. Furthermore, he has also won four major titles after his 30th birthday.
Roger Federer is definitely writing tennis history, as Stefanos Tsisipas noted during the in-room interviews after the game. Do you think the Swiss will beat the record of Connors and add more than 110 titles before putting the racket on the wall?