Roger Federer wary of Stefanos Tsitsipas threat ahead of potential history-making final

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Roger Federer says he is taking nothing for granted ahead of his shot at winning his 100th career title, insisting he is ‘still far’ from achieving the feat.

The 37-year-old is due to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday, knowing he will become just the second man in history to reach three figures when it comes to career singles titles.

However, after losing to Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, Federer knows he will have to bring his best if he’s to grab yet another slice of history.

“[Stefanos] showed me at the Australian Open, how hard he is [to play],” explained Federer.

“I hope I’m going to play well… We’re still far from [reaching 100 titles], it seems. I’m just going to try to focus and play good tennis.”

On his semi-final success over Borna Coric, Federer added: “I was really happy with my play today.

“In terms of feeling, [this match] was definitely by far the best one [this week], so that was good.

“I’m sure Borna was feeling it a little bit from his past few matches.”

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