Former world number one and second seed Roger Federer lived to the heightened pre-tournament hype winning his eighth Dubai crown and taking his career tally to a historic 100th title with a smooth 6-4, 6-4 win over Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, on Saturday. Egged on by a packed centre court, the 37-year-old Swiss master was at work for an hour and nine minutes in a re-play of their fourth round match at the Australian Open, which Tsitsipas had won in four and launch himself into super-stardom. A further bonus will come his way when Monday’s ATP rankings will project the Swiss climbing by two spots into No.5 and well on his way to try and emulate Jimmy Connors’s record of 109 titles. Ivan Lendl is third with 94 titles, while Rafael Nadal is fourth with 80 and John McEnroe in fifth with 77, the legendary Rod Laver in sixth with 74 and Novak Djokovic in seventh with 73 crowns. Federer received a winner’s cheque of $565,635 (Dhs 2.08 million), while Tsitsipas – a quarter-finalist on debut last year and a champion last Sunday at the Marseille Open – walked away with the second best prize of $283,880. “For me this is a dream come true today,” Federer told spectators on centre court after the epic final. “I am so delighted and so happy tonight to share such a special moment with such an awesome crowd. An eighth title is truly special to me as eight is my special lucky number,” he added.