Roger Federer became only the second man to win 100 tour-level singles titles as he triumphed 6-4 6-4 over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.
The 20-time grand slam champion has become one of sport’s true greats since his first ever victory in 2001 and will now have Jimmy Connors’ record of 109 in his sights.
2 – Federer’s first win came at the Milan Indoor in 2001 and is one of his two titles claimed on carpet. His favorite surface is the hard court (69 titles), with 18 on grass and 11 on clay.
3 – The Swiss star has won three grand slam titles in three different years (2004, 2006 and 2007) and is the only player to do this in men’s singles history.
10 – Rafael Nadal is the man Federer has beaten most often in ATP finals (10 times). He has defeated Andy Roddick in four grand slam finals.
12 – The best year of Federer’s career so far came in 2006 when he won 12 titles. There’s been only one year he has failed to win a single tournament since his first triumph (2016).
16 – Rome’s Italian Open title continues to evade Federer. It is the event he has played most (16 times) without winning the tournament.
20 – Federer has 20 grand slam titles, the most of any player in men’s singles history.
27 – Only Nadal (33) and Novak Djokovic (32) have won more ATP Masters 1000 events than Federer (27).