Federer wins 100th title

In a rematch of their fourth round meeting at the Australian Open, 37-year old Roger Federer schooled 20-yr old Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the Dubai final, to win his 100th career title.
Federer claimed his first trophy just more than 18 years ago, in February 2001 in Milan, defeating Julien Boutter in the final, after victories over Goran Ivanisevic and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

“It’s been a long, wonderful journey… I have loved every minute,” Federer said on court after his victory. “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.”

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Roger Federer, Dubai 2019

Roger Federer is just one win away from a mind-blowing 100th career title. After difficult victories over Kohlschreiber, Verdasco and Fucsovics, he dispatched Borna Coric 6-2 6-2 to reach his 152nd final, his 10th in Dubai .

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His next opponent, Stefanos Tsitsipas had a much harder time to qualify for the final: the recent Australian open semi-finalist outlast Gael Monfils, who had beaten him in the quarterfinals of the Sofia Open a few weeks ago, 4-6 7-6 7-6 to reach his second final of 2019.

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Federer and Tsitsipas met once, at the Australian Open earlier this year, with the latter upsetting the 20-time Grand Slam champion. So what do you think, who will win? Will it be title number 100 for the Swiss or number 3 for the Greek?

Australian Open Tennis 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Roger Federer

Australian Open Tennis 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas def. Roger Federer

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Belinda Bencic, Dubai 2019

Junior number one and Wimbledon junior champion in 2013, Belinda Bencic was seen by some as the next big thing in women’s tennis. And everything went as according to plan: she reached the top 50 and the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open, aged 17. She then went on to claim her maiden title in Eastbourne, defeating Agnieszka Radwanska, and her first Premier 5 title in Toronto, defeating Serena Williams in the semifinals and Simona Halep in the championship match.
And then? Not much, despite an entry to the top 10 in 2016. Injuries followed injuries and her ranking subsequently dropped to number 199 in 2017. Her results slowly improved and this week, ranked 45, she captured her third title, her second Premier 5. On her way to victory, she defeated 4 top 10 players: number 9 Aryna Sabalenka (saving six match points), number 2 Simona Halep, number 6 and two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina, and number 4 Kvitova in the final.
Let’s hope for her she’s definitely back on track, after all she’s only 21.

Her opponent in the final, Petra Kvitova continues her impressive comeback, two years after the assault she suffered. Winner in Sydney, runner-up at the Australian Open, she defeated Katerina Siniakova, Jennifer Brady, Viktoria Kuzmova and Hsieh Su-wei en route to her third final of the year.

Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic, Dubai 2019

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