Roger Federer to play Dubai in 2020, halts retirement speculation

Roger Federer to play Dubai in 2020, halts retirement speculation

But, despite the "special, magical" achievement, the 37-year-old is not obsessed with passing Connors' all-time record of 109 in the men's game.

By beating a player almost half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan. "But the doubles went my way and that meant everything for me", said Isner.

"I think all the players would have gotten fed up with that too so I'm happy I got it out of the way".

"I didn't come here expecting I was going to win, to be quite honest".

The record 20-time Grand Slam champion won 6-4, 6-4 and joined Jimmy Connors in reaching a century of tour-level tournament titles, with eight of them now coming in Dubai. He had already lost to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas once this season, as the Greek youngster knocked Federer out of the Australian Open in the fourth round in January.

The fate of the second set and the final overall chose to break Federer in the eighth game - Zizipus, leading 30:0 on his serve in the climax made two consecutive mistakes and gave the opponent a chance to apply for the title.

In the second set, a break in the penultimate game for 5-4 and a service hold a game later were enough as Tsitsipas put a forehand into the net. It was not easy, the conditions were hard and I had tough opponents all the way, right up to Stefanos today.

"It's a privilege [to play against potential champions] because I'll be watching them on TV".

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The Swiss ace has been doing just that since he first burst on to the scene in 2001 by beating his idol Pete Sampras at Wimbledon.

"I understand this part of the game and I think it's a good show for the game".

Federer has won at least one ATP trophy in almost every season since his first title, only missing in 2016 when he sustained a knee injury.

Fresh off claiming his 100th ATP title in Dubai last weekend, Federer reportedly told tournament officials that he plans on returning next year.

"Just thinking about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't know how he did that".

"I'm so happy I'm still playing. Seriously, I'm trying to get there", he said. "It's an honour playing Roger ..." I invited you to watch the press conference.

"You said, "Rafa, You've done it a million times, so I can be inspired by the way you made it look so easy when you came back".

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