Roger Federer secures century of tour-level titles with victory in Dubai

Roger Federer moves ahead of Jimmy Connors counting to 20

Tsitsipas, who will break into the top 10 for the first time Monday, held firm up to 4-4 in the second set before the 37-year-old Federer switched gears to take the decisive break and serve to win the match.

Roger Federer has secured the 100th title of his career with a win at the Dubai Championships on Saturday.

"We're living in a day and age where all the records have to be shattered, not for me", Federer said, when asked about chasing Connors' 109 titles.

"Welcome to the "Triple Digit" tournament victory club", Connors said in a Twitter post to Federer, "I've been a bit lonely - glad to have the company!" I'm sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career. "I'm joking", he said. Tsitsipas came into the title round here having won eight straight matches in successive weeks of competition, his body aching and spirit sagging, but he had the numbers working for him.

27 - Only Nadal (33) and Novak Djokovic (32) have won more ATP Masters 1000 events than Federer (27). I just felt good in defence, good in offence, good on the serve.

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I feel the same as before, but happier because the results are positive. Every match is very hard and mentally very expensive. His behaviour during the week was really very good.

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Winning back-to-back titles was always going to be a tough task, even for someone as talented as Tsitsipas and particularly with Federer motivated by the prospect of his 100th ATP Tour title. I think what Jimmy did was an unbelievable achievement.

The Swiss won 24 of his 100 titles in consecutive finals from October 2003 to October 2005 and the magnitude of Federer's achievement was not lost on Tsitsipas. I was expecting it, for him to be a little more aggressive. "I'm just happy I'm still healthy".

"It felt like he was controlling everything on his own terms". Federer, however, did well to set aside those doubts and go for broke at the start, stepping into the court and giving the big man a run around the rectangle. "I'm very, very happy right now". However, he insisted that it was mental tiredness, more so than physical, that contributed to his defeat to Federer.

Federer broke serve in the first game and took the set on his fourth set point.

However, the Swiss great was patient and seized the first break point of the second set when Tsitsipas, his belief seemingly fading, crashed a shot into the net.

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