Roger Federer argues with journalist after being irritated in press conference

ROGER FEDERER was forced to put a journalist right over the number of titles he has won at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Federer won Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year at the prestigious event in Monaco last night after a stunning 2017 season which saw him win seven titles.

And the 36-year-old has started the 2018 campaign in a similarly dominant manner with victories at the Australian Open and the Rotterdam Open enabling him to become world No 1 for the first time since 2012.

He is now on 97 singles trophies but moderator Mark Baldwin had the Swiss star on 95 title when he asked the 20-time Grand Slam champion if he could reach 100.

Federer informed Baldwin that he had won 97 titles and the journalist corrected himself.

He said: “Good question. I do not consider it as a goal. It would be fun to reach that number, because I never thought I could reach such a high number.

“I remember when I won my first tournament in 2001 in Milan, I said ‘at least I had won one. For the rest of my life I will be able to tell my children or my parents that I won one title’.

“So imagine, sitting here with six Laureus trophies and 97 titles, dreaming of the 100 may be a bit surreal.

“But I will try, I have to stay healthy, hungry, motivated and everything which I know works so much but the healthy bit is clearly going to be a challenge. So we’ll see how it works.”

Federer is second in the all-time list behind American legend Jimmy Connors, who won 109 titles between 1972 and 1996.

Federer’s next event is scheduled to be in Indian Wells in March where he is the reigning champion.

And he is then likely to travel to Miami which he also won last year.

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