Roger Federer claims 100th title with revenge victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas

    A pumped up Roger Federer reacts after winning the first set of the Dubai Open final against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

    Story highlights

    • Roger Federer reaches 100 career titles
    • Wins Dubai title for eighth time
    • Only Jimmy Connors (109) is ahead

    (CNN)Roger Federer claimed the 100th title of his remarkable career with a straight sets victory over Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the Dubai Championship Saturday for the eighth time.

    The 37-year-old Swiss maestro is just the second man after American Jimmy Connors to reach a century of tournament wins, a run he started way back in 2001 in Milan.
      "It's an absolute dream come true right now," Federer said after wrapping up his latest triumph 6-4 6-4 in just 69 minutes.
      It was also partial revenge for the shattering defeat Federer suffered against the up and coming Tsitsipas in the last 16 in his defense of the Australian Open crown in January.
      Federer, who moves back to number four in the world, had endured a frustrating wait since lifting his 99th tour-level trophy last October in Basel, while the 20-year-old Tsitsipas was fresh from claiming the Marseille Open crown last weekend.
      "I'm delighted. It's great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th singles title," he said.
      "Tough conditions and tough opponents. To win in Marseille and then come here was difficult for Stefanos."

      Federer on top form

      Federer imposed himself on his youthful opponent from the start, breaking him in the very first game and then saving two break points when serving for the opening set.
      The second was closer, but Federer made his breakthrough against the Tsitsipas delivery in the ninth game and served out to love to clinch the title and enter the tennis history books.
      Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the trophy after claiming his 100th career title.
      "I don't know if he was born when I won my first title," he joked about his youthful opponent in the on-court