Roger Federer seals 100th title and hints that retirement may not be far behind it
Roger Federer recorded his 100th career title by winning the Dubai Tennis Championships, before hinting retirement may not be all that far off.
The 37-year-old was in efficient mood as he rolled over Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4.
In doing so, Federer has become the second male player after Jimmy Connors, who has 109 titles, to break the three-figure barrier.
However, Federer was in reflective rather than celebratory mood following the win, and seemed to suggest the question of retirement was on his mind.
“I’m so happy I’m still playing,” Federer said.
“I won my first title in Milan. It’s been a long wonderful journey, it’s been great and I wouldn’t do it any differently.
“I’ve loved every minute. Of course it is tough to be on the road and away from your friends but it was all very worthwhile.
“We’ll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank. But reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.
“We are living in a day and age where all the records have to be shattered. Not for me.
“I’m just happy I’m still healthy. I’m happy I have such a wonderful team, family. They all supported me for so long so I can’t thank them enough.
“If I reach milestones like this along the way it’s wonderful, but I’m really not here to shatter all the records.
“I think what Jimmy did was an unbelievable achievement. He should be proud of that, I’m proud of other things I’ve done.
“It was a very special evening playing Stefanos and seeing the future coming up in the tennis game.
“It’s part of this whole journey. It’s not about breaking every single record to be quite honest.”
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