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American Jimmy Connors is the other player to reach the milestone, ending his career with 109 titles.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion became the second male player to win 100 tour-level tournaments in the professional era when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday.

Federer partially avenged his loss to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, a rising star from Greece, in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.

Retired tennis player James Blake jokingly tweeted after his daughter compared his 10 singles title wins: "Thanks Roger, for making me look bad in front of my kids", while Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman tweeted his "huge congrats to my mate".

"He was very aggressive, didn't give me any time today. To win in Marseille and then come here was hard for Stefanos".

Connors, who set his mark during his heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, took to Twitter to congratulate Federer.

By beating a player almost half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan.

"What I like about it is that it's maybe also a little time to reflect on all these great moments and great titles that I've had", he said.

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Federer said post-match: "A lot of people always ask me about, 'Are you going to go for 109?'".

"It's a privilege [to play against potential champions] because I'll be watching them on TV". I enjoyed competing against my idols when I was starting out, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, it was my dream. I'm sure I took a lot of good and bad decisions along the way.

By beating a player almost half his age, the 37-year-old Federer continued his record of winning at least one title every season since his first in 2001 in Milan.

"I am delighted. It's great to win my eighth here in Dubai with the combination of the 100", said Federer after winning his 8th Dubai title.

"It's an honor playing Roger".

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.

Even though John Isner lost his opening-round match at last year's BNP Paribas Open, the tournament proved to be the springboard for his career-best year in singles.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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