Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Roger Federer to play Dubai in 2020, halts retirement speculation

Roger Federer to play Dubai in 2020, halts retirement speculation

Eighteen years after winning his first ATP Tour title in Milan by beating French journeyman Julien Boutter, the Swiss on Saturday became just the second man after American Jimmy Connors to win 100 career singles crowns. However, young and emerging players have been giving him a run for his money and the fierce competition surely makes it tougher for him to break Jimmy Connors' record of 109 ATP titles. He tweeted: "Welcome to the "Triple Digit" tournament victory club". Nadal followed Federer's pace in the shortest points, hitting well after the serve or with his first groundstroke on the return and outplaying Roger in the mid-range points up to eight or nine strokes.

Federer restored his shots and was back on the level terms with a break in game four, confirming it with a hold at love a few minutes later for a 3-2 advantage.

"You said, "Rafa, You've done it a million times, so I can be inspired by the way you made it look so easy when you came back".

The fate of the second set and the final overall chose to break Federer in the eighth game - Zizipus, leading 30:0 on his serve in the climax made two consecutive mistakes and gave the opponent a chance to apply for the title.

Tsitsipas, who defeated Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open and won the Open 13 in Marseille last week, was unable to stop Federer from making history. I've said that always time and time again from my first coaches all the way to today. You can play a great tournament, (but) play a brutal semi-final, you get unlucky sometimes with the schedule, whatever it may be. It was a treat to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. "I am sure Stefanos is going to have a wonderful career as well. Tennis is in good hands regardless of it I'm there or not".

Federer has won at least one title in every season since 2001 with the exception of 2016, when he missed the year due to a knee injury.

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.

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

"It's an honor playing Roger".

"It's a privilege [to play against potential champions like Tsitsipas] because I'll be watching them on TV", Federer said. "At the end of the match I was just like you guys (reporters), wearing a big smile".

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