Federer quashes retirement talk, signs up for Dubai

Roger Federer defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim 100th singles title

Navratilova and Evert, the all-time singles title leaders, both went a few months before reaching the century mark, as did Connors, who capped off his big moment at the place that defined him throughout his career, the US Open, which he won for the fifth time in 1983.

But like the most ruthless predator, Federer pounced on the only break point of the set, before delivering a flawless service game to become the only second man after American legend Jimmy Connors to have won 100 career titles.

Federer was edged out in four sets by Tsitsipas in Melbourne in January, which was their only previous meeting, but the Swiss veteran proved a level above his 20-year-old Greek opponent on Saturday.

"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 joking", he said.

"I don't rest between Slams all the time, like people think I might be". My family, they all support me for so, so long and I can't thank them enough. I like these type of numbers or records, to be quite honest.

"I didn't come expecting I was going to win, I hadn't played since Australia.
"I'm just happy on all fronts with how my game has progressed, how well I played in the finals, on top of it winning the eighth (in Dubai), winning the 100th, so many magical things going on", he added".

Roger Federer defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim 100th singles title

"Just thinking about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't know how you did that".

"I never said nothing too negative about Nick, even if he took it more personally", said the Spaniard.

"I'm so happy I'm still playing", Federer said. It was not easy, the conditions were hard and I had tough opponents all the way, right up to Stefanos today. I invited you to watch the press conference.

"He just seemed like having control over everything he was doing, taking the ball super early, on the rise, giving me no time to prepare".

After reaching the landmark with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Dubai Championships final, his eighth trophy at the Gulf event, he admitted it was a question often posed to him.

Federer, who had been stuck on 99 titles since triumphing at his hometown Basel tournament in October, broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the match and saved two break points at 5-4 to claim the first set in 36 minutes.

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