Roger Federer won his 100th career title on Saturday when he defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships.
The Swiss star is the second man to achieve the feat after America’s Jimmy Connors who ended his career with 109 titles.
Federer’s first ATP title came at the Milan Open on 4 February, 2001, when he beat Frenchman Julien Boutter.
“It is an absolute dream come true right now,” said Federer, who will become world number four on Monday.
He is just the second man, after American Jimmy Connors in 1983, to reach the landmark.
“I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title,” he added.
“To win in Marseille and then come here was difficult for Stefanos.
“I don’t know if Stefanos was born when I won my first title (he was, in August 1998). It’s a privilege [to play against possible future champions] because I’ll be watching them on the TV. It was a treat to play Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. I’m sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career.
“Tennis is in good hands regardless if I’m there or not.”
Federer broke Tsitsipas, 20, in the first game of the match before saving two break points at 5-4 to see out the first set.
Federer will have to win 10 more titles to beat Connors’ men’s record of 109, while Martina Navratilova holds the all-time record having won 167 women’s singles crowns during her career.