Federer wins Dubai to join Connors in century club
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennessee football: Wide receiver Latrell Williams left the team.