Roger Federer targets title 100, but admits record may be out of reach
Roger Federer believes Jimmy Connors’ all-time career title record may be out of his reach, but he’s determined to make it into three figures.
The 37-year-old claimed his 99th title in Basel on Sunday, prompting suggestions that he could threaten Connors’ record of 109 before he retires.
Federer, though, is not so sure.
“I thought about it a few years ago”, he said of Connors’ record.
Roger Federer wins his 99TH tour singles title with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Marius Copil in the final of the Swiss Indoors. No. 100 for Federer could come in Paris or London. Truly remarkable.
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) October 28, 2018
“But it’s not easy. I have a family, some goals – Wimbledon, ATP Finals, Basel. I can play only a certain number of tournaments.
‘But of course: titles are one of the reasons why I still play, besides fans, and because I like playing tennis.
“But I don’t think of Connors’s record. Even if I am a step closer to him, but also one more step forward to the 100th.
“Even if I could do it, it would be great. But 100 is clearly the goal now. It could happen in any tournament, and that’s an extra motivation.”
More from Tennis365:
Daniil Medvedev needs strong clay-court season after previous struggles on the red dirt
Daniil Medvedev eyes fix for his clay woes, writes Oli Jefford.
‘I am really happy proud of myself,’ says Lorenzo Musetti after saving four match points against Dan Evans
Musetti fights back to see off Evans in Sardegna.
Ashleigh Barty and Coco Gauff roll on in Charleston, Garbine Muguruza bows out through injury
Wins for Barty and Gauff, but Muguruza out.
Novak Djokovic’s father takes fresh swipe at Roger Federer, saying Swiss great is ‘not a good man’
Srdjan Djokovic has another go at Roger Federer.
French player hits out at French Open postponement, saying ‘it’s a pretty selfish decision’
Alize Cornet unimpressed by French Open delay.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, to work with rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime
Toni Nadal joins coaching set-up of Felix Auger-Aliassime
Grand Slam Board confirms shorter grass-court season raising questions over the tennis calender
The 2021 grass-court season has been reduced by a week.
Ashleigh Barty provides perfect response to her world No 1 ranking critics with Miami Open title
Ashleigh Barty “has responded perfectly” to critics, writes Oli Jefford.
Roland Garros officials deny reports that 2021 French Open night matches will feature only men
Women could also feature during night sessions.
French Open postponed by a week in hope for more spectators to attend
Main draw event due to start on May 30.