Roger Federer reached a rare and special milestone over the weekend and received recognition from the best possible source.
Federer defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win the Dubai Tennis Championships, marking his 100th career singles tournament title. Not only did beating Tsitsipas give him some revenge after his Australian Open loss, but it also made him the second player to win 100 career singles tournaments. The other to do it is Jimmy Connors, who holds the record with 109 career singles titles in the open era.
Connors sent a great tweet welcoming Federer to the club, saying it was lonely and nice to have some company.
Welcome to the “ Triple Digit” tournament victory club @rogerfederer — I’ve been a bit lonely- glad to have the company !!!
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) March 2, 2019
Some players don’t like having their records broken or athletes encroaching on their turf. Connors is acting the complete opposite, which shows great character.
Having Federer reach 100 wins is a nice thing for Connors too because it puts into perspective just how incredible his career was.