Fed­erer wins Dubai to join Con­nors in cen­tury club

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Add a cen­tury of ca­reer ti­tles to Roger Fed­erer’s stag­ger­ing list of ten­nis achieve­ments.

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 in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Jimmy Con­nors is the other player to reach the mile­stone, and the Amer­i­can ended his ca­reer on 109 ti­tles.

“Wel­come to the ‘Triple Digit' tour­na­ment vic­tory club,” Con­nors said in a Twit­ter post to Fed­erer, “I’ve been a bit lonely – glad to have the com­pany!!!”

By beat­ing a player nearly 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. Eight of his vic­to­ries have come in Dubai.

Guido Pella of Ar­gen● tina and Chris­tian Garin of Chile will meet in Sun­day’s fi­nal of the Brazil Open. Third seed Pella ad­vanced by beat­ing Rio Open cham­pion Laslo Djere of Ser­bia 7-6 (10), 7-6 (1) at the clay-court event on Sat­ur­day. Garin elim­i­nated Nor­way’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-4.

Win­ter sports

Shiffrin clinches 3rd straight World Cup over- all ti­tle: Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the World Cup over­all ti­tle for the third straight year af­ter snow­storms pre­vented the women’s su­per-G race in Sochi, Rus­sia, from go­ing ahead on Sat­ur­day. The race will not be resched­uled, leav­ing Shiffrin with a 719-point lead and a max­i­mum of 700 points re­main­ing this sea­son.

Do­minik Paris won the ● men’s World Cup down­hill in Kvit­f­jell, Nor­way, pre­vent­ing Swiss ri­val Beat Feuz from clinch­ing the sea­son-long ti­tle in the dis­ci­pline.

Soc­cer

Bradley helps Toronto win MLS opener: Michael Bradley scored his first goal since the 2016 sea­son and added an­other in the sec­ond half for his first ca­reer multi-goal MLS game as Toronto FC opened the sea­son with a 3-1 vic­tory over the Phil­a­del­phia Union.

Real Salt Lake goal

keeper Nick Ri­mando said he will re­tire af­ter this sea­son. Ri­mando, who turns 40 in June, holds Ma­jor League Soc­cer records for wins, shutouts, saves, games and min­utes.

Rikako Kobayashi

scored on a header in the 81st minute, and Japan beat Brazil 3-1 in the SheBelieves Cup tour­na­ment in Nashville, Tenn. The United States was set to play Eng­land in Sat­ur­day’s late match in the roundrobin tuneup for the Women’s World Cup in June.

Col­lege

Ten­nessee foot­ball: Wide re­ceiver La­trell Wil­liams left the team.

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