Swiss great tennis player Roger Federer shies away from achieving his remarkable milestone. On Wednesday, the Swiss great player remarked his 100th career title is not a sign he’s super-human and remarked, “The problem is, people always elevate the superstar athlete to like Superman status like we’re super-human and all that stuff.”
Federer said, “I don’t see myself like that. Being perfect doesn’t exist, everybody has their flaws. So do I.”
Federer is the owner of a men’s record 20 Grand Slam titles and reached the 100-title milestone with a ruthless 6-4, 6-4 dismantling of Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Dubai Championship final last Sunday.
Kei Nishikori praised him saying, “It is something incredible to see, how (often Federer) plays at a high level and does not have many injuries, for sure, he works so much harder than everybody.”
The 37-year-old Swiss player claimed that he had never imagined he will be winning 100 titles becoming just the second player along with 109-time winner Jimmy Connors to hit triple digits.”It’s an achievement that I never thought I was going to make and one I only started thinking about maybe in the last nine months or year or so, ever since maybe I got to 96 or 97,” he said.
He had won his 99th trophy last October at his home event in Basel.
“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 all the players would have gotten fed up with that too so I’m happy I got it out of the way.
“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 stated.
“For me, they’re all very important. Some were more important than others, some were nicer than others but at the end, everyone has a special meaning for me.”