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.”
More from Tennis365:
Glory for Medvedev and Rublev as they seal dominant victory for Russia in Davis Cup final
Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev secured Davis Cup victory over Croatia in the final in Madrid.
Russian dream team on course for Davis Cup win as Medvedev and Rublev march on
Medvedev and Rublev secured victory for the Russian Tennis Federation over Germany.
Daniil Medvedev reveals players wouldn’t be ‘comfortable’ competing in China
China are still in hot water…
Emma Raducanu among the biggest movers in the 2021 tennis rankings
There is no stopping the British No 1.
Rafael Nadal has accepted Novak Djokovic will win the most Grand Slams
The Spanish player has conceded to the world No 1.
Novak Djokovic’s Serbia fail to progress to the final of the Davis Cup
Serbia lose out while Croatia progress.
Why Andy Murray should take heart from his near misses in 2021
Murray’s end of year ranking of No.134 highlights how far he has to climb to get back to the top.
Nick Kyrgios on his ‘uncomfortable’ experience with Serena Williams and dealing with critics
Kyrgios was in a feisty mood as he spoke to the No Boundaries podcast.
Daniil Medvedev in fine form as Russian Federation storm into Davis Cup semi-final
Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev secured victory for the Russian Tennis Federation over Sweden.
Olympic chiefs speak to Peng Shuai after WTA pulls all events out of China
The IOC said it is concerned about Peng but is using “quiet diplomacy” to engage with China.