Federer too strong for Tsitsipas
Switzerland’s Roger Federer won the 100th ATP title of his career by defeating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Federer was looking for revenge, after Tsitsipas defeated him in four sets in the round of 16 at this year’s Australian Open. The Swiss broke Tsitsipas’ serve in the first game of the match, and was able to keep holding his own serve to take the first set 6-4. In the second set, Federer also only needed to break once, as he took it 6-4 to win the match. Break point conversions made the difference in this match, as Federer was 2/2 on break points, while Tsitsipas was 0/2.
Despite the loss, this was still a memorable week for the young Greek. He will move up to a new career-high ranking of 10 in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday. Additionally, he will move up to number 2 in the ATP Race to London Standings. On the other hand, Federer will move up from number 7 to number 4 in the rankings as a result of winning the 100th title of his career.
Tsitsipas was gracious in defeat and praised Federer, who he looked up to as a child. "It's an honor playing against Roger. I’ve said it thousands of times, I’ve been idolizing him since the age of 6 and watching him on TV, I was just like you guys," said Tsitsipas. "Now sharing the court, it's even better.”