Roger Federer has won his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Tennis Championships – 6,600 days after winning his very 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 today,” 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 excellent to win my eighth here in Dubai and mix with my 100th songs title,” he included.
” To win in Marseille and after that come here was challenging 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 bet possible future champions] because I’ll be watching them on the TV. It was a reward to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m sure Stefanos will have a terrific profession.
” Tennis remains in excellent hands regardless if I exist or not.”