Roger Federer was so emotional that he’d 'lose the plot' – David Law makes shock claim
Some 6,600 days after his first ever title, the Swiss reached his century by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
But it’s not all been plain sailing for Federer, who has worked tirelessly to reach the milestone which includes 20 Grand Slam titles.
Tennis commentator David Law took the time to reflect on the early stages of Federer’s career including his first title at the Milan Indoors in February 2001.
“I like the fact that Federer is quite candid about his early career,” Law said.
“He doesn’t pretend that he wasn’t immature, that he didn’t let himself down, because he did let himself down at times.
“He was so emotional Federer that he would lose the plot.
“I’m just thinking back to Milan in 2001, he’d been pro for two or three years at that point.
“It felt like a big deal that he won the title but the fact is he’d had a number of losses.
“A year earlier he had match point against Mark Rosset in Marseille and he lost that and was tearful after that.
“This was happening regularly back then, there’s this great stat that back then in 2001 the other players in that draw have all retired now.
“The surface which that tournament was played – indoor carpet – is no longer used at all anywhere in tennis.
“Federer has won on literally everything and it will be interesting to see whether he can get anywhere near Connors on 109.”
The Swiss legend will go down in history as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
The result was also revenge for defeat to the Greek in January at the Australian Open.
Federer is just the second man in history to reach the feat, Jimmy Connors also hit 100 titles in 1983.
The 37-year-old received a bye in the first round at the Indian Wells Masters on Tuesday night as he looks to make it 101.