Federer has won at least one ATP trophy in almost every season since his first title, missing out only in 2016 when he suffered a knee injury. Eight of his victories have come in Dubai.
"First attempt in a finals it's nice to pass the hurdle and get to 100 rather than going to every single event from now on and going 'Is this going to be the week where you're going to reach 100?' and going 'Yeah, I hope so, '" he said. "I think that's why this was a very exciting week for me".
Speaking in the aftermath of his landmark victory, the Swiss superstar called the achievement a "dream come true" and said he was feeling a "deep satisfaction" with the result.
Navratilova and Evert, the all-time singles title leaders, both went a few months before reaching the century mark, as did Connors, who capped off his big moment at the place that defined him throughout his career, the US Open, which he won for the fifth time in 1983.
Tsitsipas saved three set points in the final game before Federer - who faced two break points - finished off the set as the Greek returned wide. His opponent then held serve to join Connors in the century club. One day I will be sitting in front of the TV watching them. "It's a privilege you know because it was a special treat to play against my heroes growing up, Agassi and Sampras and those players", said Federer. I'm sure Stefanos will have a wonderful career.
"I understand this part of the game and I think it's a good show for the game".
Federer has won at least one ATP trophy in almost every season since his first title, missing out only in 2016 when he suffered a knee injury.
Playing in his first final since hitting 99, Federer was able to exact his revenge against Greece's best-ever player in the Dubai championship match.
"A hundred [titles] is just completely insane - I'd be happy with 100 wins".
"In the end I want to be happy and please people. Most of what I said on him was positive", Nadal said at the Indian Wells before flat-batting Kyrgios' social media sprays from the past week.
"It's an honor playing Roger". I invited you to watch the press conference.
The 17-time Grand Slam victor added that his comments had nothing to do Kyrgios hitting an underarm serve during the match, which he said did not make him feel disrespected.