Dream landmark delights Federer

03 March 2019 02:52:37 EST

Swiss maestro Roger Federer admitted that it was a dream come true to follow Jimmy Connors and become only the second male player to win 100 career singles titles.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion brought up the landmark by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships, leaving him nine short of the all-time record of Connors.

Reaching 100 is an absolute dream come true for me.

Roger Federer

And, while uncertain when asked if he could surpass the record of the American, Federer was simply delighted to have brought up yet another notable milestone in his stellar career.

He told the official ATP Tour website: "It's been a long, wonderful journey, I have loved every minute. 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.

"I'm just happy that I'm still healthy, that I've got such a wonderful team, my family who have supported me for so, so long. I can't thank them enough.

"If I reach milestones like this along the way it's wonderful, but I'm really not here to shatter all the records."

The next major target for Federer will be to try and win a second French Open title, having opted out of the claycourt season in both of the last two years.

He can be backed at 20/1 to triumph in Paris, with Novak Djokovic available at 9/4 and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal 11/10.

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