The Swiss Roger Federer further increased his extensive and brilliant track record to achieve the 100th title of his career as a professional tennis player, after beating the young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas for a double 6-4 in the final of the tournament in Dubai.
At 37, Federer is already centenary in titles. Far behind is the first achieved in Milan, on February 4, 2001, before the Frenchman Julien Bouttier. Since then, the Swiss has always been annually, at least in a final (152 in his career). And now, 18 years later, he took his 100th title at the expense of one of the most promising players, with remarkable present, of the circuit. Interestingly, when Federer won his first title, Tsitsipas had not yet turned 3 years old.
It was enough for Federer in Dubai to have only two break balls of the rival serve, one in each set: in the initial game of the game and in the ninth of the second set. The Swiss also gave only two chances for the Greek to break his serve; and both canceled them. It was a decisive moment of the first set, as they arrived in the tenth game, with 5-4 in favor of the Swiss. If Tsitsipas had materialized at least one, he would have equaled that partial.
In the second set, I wait for his chance and killed the contest at the right time. Then he served for the triumph and his arm did not shake. The first closed, with blank play. It was a game where the service prevailed, which developed so fast that it lasted only 69 minutes, and that took Federer, who took revenge for the defeat suffered this year against Tsitsipas in the eighth Australian Open.
It is his eighth title of Dubai. His first in 2019. Federer still has just ahead in number of titles as a professional American Jimmy Connors (109), already retired. Both are the only two centenarians.