Roger Federer hit a major milestone on Saturday, beating Greek phenom Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates for his 100th tour-level title.
The second-seeded Swiss star now only trails Jimmy Connors (109 career titles) after earning the victory in 1 hour, 11 minutes. Federer struck six aces, converted his two break point chances and went unbroken in the match.
“It’s been a long, wonderful journey. ... I have loved every minute,” Federer said afterward. “It’s been tough but the sacrifice has been very, very worthwhile, and we’ll see how much more I’ve got left in the tank. Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.”
Tsitsipas, seeded fifth in the event, will rise to No. 10 in the world when the new rankings are released next week.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios completed a tumultuous week with a 6-3, 6-4 upset of second-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the final at Acapulco.
Kyrgios, whose run to the final included a bout with food poisoning and three-set victories over top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and third-seeded American John Isner, struck 13 aces against Zverev and converted three service breaks. He claimed victory on his first match point at 1 hour, 32 minutes.
Zverev had eight chances at break point, only converting once.
Third-seeded Argentine Guido Pella outlasted Serbian Laslo Djere 7-6 (10), 7-6 (1) to clinch a final berth at Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Pella held a 4-1 edge in the second set before Djere rallied to force a tiebreaker, where he was quickly overpowered. Pella converted on his first chance at match point at 1 hour, 51 minutes.
Also advancing to the final was 22-year-old Chilean Christian Garin, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Norway’s Casper Ruud in 1 hour, 20 minutes. Garin is seeking his first tour-level title.
—Field Level Media