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Tsitsipas hails Fed after sealing century crown

3rd March 2019, 15:14 by Craig Smithson

Stefanos Tsitsipas described Roger Federer as "a legend" after he defeated him in Dubai to claim his 100th ATP Tour title.

The 20-year-old Greek starlet, who defeated Federer in the Australian Open in January, failed to repeat that feat in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship as the 37-year-old Swiss eased to a 6-4 6-4 success.

It was a significant win for Federer as it sealed the 20-time Grand Slam winner a century of title victories and Tsitsipas was pleased for the former world number one.

He said: "It just feels strange. I really wanted to win my first ATP 500 title. I've been trying hard and for very long now. I'm a bit sad that I didn't manage to do it now.

"I'm actually pretty happy for him [Federer] as well. I know he has worked very hard to get there. I mean, I didn't want to give it to him. I'm happy what he has achieved.

"I felt like the crowd was really cheering for him. That's obvious. He's a legend."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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