Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer wins 100th title

Federer wins 100th title

Tsitsipas came into the title round here having won eight straight matches in successive weeks of competition, his body aching and spirit sagging, but he had the numbers working for him.

The 37-year-old Swiss and 20-time Grand Slam champion is only the second man in the Open era to reach the three-figure mark in accolades after American Jimmy Connors, who won 109 titles.

Connors ended his career with 109 titles.

Roger will try to make him feel less lonely this year. "It's an absolute dream come true for me".

"It's a privilege (to play against potential champions) because I'll be watching them on television. I like these type of numbers or records", Federer said.

The Swiss second seed was untouchable throughout much of the 69-minute final as he gained revenge for his fourth-round Australian Open defeat by the 11th-ranked Greek youngster. "It´s been a long wonderful journey", Federer said.

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By beating a player almost half his age in just 69 minutes, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan - when he was 19.

"In a way I'm satisfied that I managed to get to the final because the conditions were really hard compared to Marseille".

Add a century of career titles to Roger Federer's staggering list of tennis achievements.

The Swiss veteran, who had not been able to beat the 99 titles since winning his home tournament in Basel in October, broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the match and saved two break points with 5-4 to claim the first set in 36 minutes. "Tennis is in good hands, whether I'm there or not".

Tsitsipas, who will become the first Greek to ever reach the world´s top 10 on Monday, paid tribute to his opponent. "Getting to 100 is insane, I don't know how you've done it".

In the end, Tsitspas was made to pay for a slow start when he was broken in the first game, while Federer was ruthless in taking the only break point of the second set en route to victory.

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