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“I have learned to be even more patient” Roger Federer

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The 20-time Grand Slam victor also claimed a record eighth trophy at the Aviation Club. Going by his Instagram account, all we can say is that the player is having a whale of a time after the Australian Open. Federer won his 100th ATP title, 18 years after he won his first ever ATP title in Milan defeating Frenchman Julien Boutter. Right from posting pictures and videos on his IG to relaxing by the beach in white boxers and sneakers with pals, we are loving every bit of the travel glimpses the star is giving us.

The 20-times Grand Slam champion became the second man in the Open era to win 100 titles, after American Jimmy Connors who won 109.

It took Roger Federer just four tournaments in four months to move from 99 to an astonishing 100 career titles. As his adoring fans roared after his every point, Federer produced sublime tennis as his graceful volleys, impeccable drop shots and the effortless grace of his serve squeezed the life out of the Greek.

Connors, who set his record during his glory years in the 1970s and 1980s, took to Twitter to congratulate the Swiss star.

"A lot of people always emphasize the Grand Slams and all these things, but I play on the ATP Tour, this is where I've won so many of them and been around for so long", he said.

"That's why you have to be fit on many fronts - mentally, physically, also your game has to translate, you have to be able to beat different types of players".

Roger was in the league of his own in the first set although Rafa found the way to make a counter-attack in set number two and bring the match home in under two hours for one of the most important wins of the season.

"I'm so happy I'm still playing". I think that was a secret for me. I like these type of numbers or records, to be quite honest. I've been very fortunate. It was not easy, the conditions were hard and I had tough opponents all the way, right up to Stefanos today. "I've said it thousands of times, I've been idolising him since the age of 6 and watching him on TV, I was just like you guys", Tsitsipas said after the match.

"Just thinking about it, getting to 100 is completely insane, I don't know how you did that".

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.

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