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Smart Roger. Skips the heat and grueling Australian Open best of 5 set matches, not to mention quarantine restrictions and jet lag, and looks to blitz the tour in March.

Roger currently has 103 career titles, Connors 109.

Mar 1-7 - Rotterdam (ATP 500) - 3 titles so far - with tournament director Richard Krajicek, and below Roger winning the 2018 Rotterdam title and becoming the oldest #1 player in ATP history at 36y7m10d. He would later break his own record.




Mar 8-13 - Doha (ATP 250) - 3 titles so far


Mar 15-20 - Dubai (ATP 500) - 8 titles so far - winning 100th title in 2019







Mar 24- Apr 4 - Miami (M1000) - 4 titles so far - Federer strolls to 101st career title in 2019.



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Connors' titles record is objectively one of the most meaningless records ever. Federer better give it all to win a slam or Olympics, otherwise he should just retire instead of wasting his and his fans time and energy just to become the vulturing king.
 
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He's one injury away from retirement.
If he plays a hectic schedule, he risks being forced into retirement instead of choosing his final destination.
He couldn't pick a worse time to vulture, with Thiem becoming a huge obstacle on hardcourts.
 

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who cares

i really hope he will focus and give it all to win 2 more slam titles rather than chasing this and hurting his chances to win slams.
 

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Have to agree with the rest, better to get 21 than 110

You know ATP will dig up some old thing like usual and say, oh yeah by the way Jimbo actually had 115

Fuck that. Get slams. Prob should play Rotterdam, Dubai, Miami and then Rome and RG and Halle Wimbledon Olympics USO, anything more is too much
 

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The All-Time Open Era record of 110 Men's Singles Titles is clearly worth pursuing. It will be highlighted as a historic achievement in tennis history books, where the word "vulturing" will not be used at all.

Federer is so close to this record and Nadal and Djokovic so far away, so it may very well be a longterm historic record for Federer to get in the bag.
 

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Laver has 200 titles so this is not even close to the real record

Laver- 200
Drobny- 147
Ritchie- 139
Tilden- 138
Rosewall- 133
Wilding- 118
Gonzales- 113
Emerson- 110
Connors- 109
Federer- 103
 

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It would make sense Federer wants a distinct record to himself which Nadal and Djokovic can't touch. Though he would never say it. Federer and Nadal are very good at presenting themselves as just in it to play the game they love, but underneath the casual disguise they are two of the most ruthless bloodthirsty greedy champions ever. It is why they are so great.
 

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His 103 titles are already better than Connors's 109 anyway
Some would say Nadal's 20 are better than Federer's 20. Or Djokovic's 17 are better than Federer's 20.

Some might even say Marcelo Rios's 0 is better than Federer's 20.
 
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Federer and Nadal are very good at presenting themselves as just in it to play the game they love, but underneath the casual disguise they are two of the most ruthless bloodthirsty greedy champions ever. It is why they are so great.
Nadal has always said he'd continue playing for as long as he's a contender for big titles.
I've heard him say it literally 5 or more times in the past 10 years, because he's been injured so often that reporters always asked him about retirement.
Nadal never pretended to be loving tennis for just the sport alone.
Its always been about winning big.
 

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Considering Federer was an under achiever in his early years - all talent but not many titles - it's amazing how he has left those baseline prodigies Nadal and Djokovic trailing in the dust. The huge target of 100 titles will probably never be achieved again. GOAT.
 

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The All-Time Open Era record of 110 Men's Singles Titles is clearly worth pursuing. It will be highlighted as a historic achievement in tennis history books, where the word "vulturing" will not be used at all.

Federer is so close to this record and Nadal and Djokovic so far away, so it may very well be a longterm historic record for Federer to get in the bag.
Not really, the Big 3 are very similar and tentalizingly close to each other in total titles they won in their respective careers.

While Federer has 103 titles, Rafa has 86 titles and Djokovic has 81 titles. Rafa is about 5 years younger and Djokovic is about 6 years younger than Federer. If Rafa and Djokovic average about 4 titles per year, they both will go past Federer's 103 by the time they attain Federer's current age.

Rafa = 86 + (4 x 5) = 106.
Djokovic = 81 + (4 x 6) = 105.
Federer = 103.

Even if Federer breaks Connors's record of total titles, Rafa and Djokovic can eventually break Federer's new record, if they aim for it. It is not impossible.
 

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I love Jimmy Connors, but the record, it, either way just doesn't compute with the current era of tennis.

A lot of his titles were with like 16 man draws, often times with no once else even ranked in the top 100.
 

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i cant see roger getting 110 now but im okay with that, anything from now is a bonus, just to have him competing will be great when he is able to.
 
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Some would say Nadal's 20 are better than Federer's 20. Or Djokovic's 17 are better than Federer's 20.

Some might even say Marcelo Rios's 0 is better than Federer's 20.
They'd be wrong.
 

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Laver has 200 titles so this is not even close to the real record

Laver- 200
Drobny- 147
Ritchie- 139
Tilden- 138
Rosewall- 133
Wilding- 118
Gonzales- 113
Emerson- 110
Connors- 109
Federer- 103
Exactly: Laver is the benchmark.
 
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