Sporting Life

Roger Federer's epic road to 100 titles full of tears, streaks, surprises and cows

A hundred singles titles signify a rather long journey and since everything in Roger Federer's life is so perfectly designed - twins, twice - it is fitting that his 100th trophy is in the shape of a ship. A dhow, to be precise, a traditional sailing vessel for an athlete with classical lines.

A hundred titles have involved endless speeches, a fair amount of crying and some notable responses from his defeated rivals. Ivan Ljubicic, now his coach, said after the 2005 Dubai final, his third final loss to Federer that year: "I'm getting a little sick of this guy." Stan Wawrinka, tired and emotional, broke into a grin on court at Indian Wells in 2017 and called his Swiss pal an "a******".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2019, with the headline 'Fed's epic road to 100 titles full of tears, streaks, surprises and cows'. Print Edition | Subscribe