Photo: Karim Sahib Agence France-Presse
Roger Federer, on Saturday, at Dubai
Roger Federer won Saturday, the 100th title of her career, in Dubai, after having taken his revenge in the final against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had deprived the Swiss of the defence of his trophy in the 8th-finals of the Australian Open in January.
Winner 6-4, 6-4, the winner of 20 titles in the Grand Slam achieved at age 37 his first tournament since Basel in October 2018, and becomes the second player in the modern era of tennis (since 1968) to reach the milestone of 100 trophies in singles, after Jimmy Connors (109).
This 100th title, Federer (no. 7 in the world) the marauding for a while. The Swiss had failed twice narrowly in the semi-final at the end of 2018, at the Masters 1000 of Paris — beat by the no. 1 world Novak Djokovic in the decisive game of the last round — and then at the Masters in London, bringing together the best eight players of the season — eliminated by the German Alexander Zverev, a future winner.
To win his eighth success in Dubai, and reaffirming its superiority in the face of the young prodigy Greek tennis, which will make its debut in the top 10 to 20 years only Monday (10th), Federer is reached in a few minutes to take the service of his opponent, that he had not managed to do in 3: 45 hours of play in Melbourne (lost 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6).
It was this against the Greek, full of confidence after his semi-final in Australia at the end of January, and the last two perfect weeks where he chained eight straight wins and a title in Marseille at the passage.
“It is a privilege to play against these young players. Myself, I had been very happy to play against my heroes when I was young, “responded” RF “, in which the opponent had barely more than two years old at the time of the first title of the Swiss, 18 years earlier, in Milan in 2001.