Roger Federer chalked up his 99th title on the ATP World Tour by making it a remarkable nine wins at the Swiss Indoors Basel on Sunday.
Federer, an eight-time victor of his hometown event, was far from his best but managed to come back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker on Friday.
He traded breaks with Federer before the local hero snaffled the tiebreak seven points to five.
Just hours after, though, Federer dropped a major retirement hint while speaking to the ATP World Tour following his 99 triumph.
"I'm always happy when I win, I'm happy I fought through like this", said Federer after the victory.
The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. "Just walking out for a Basel finals was always my dream, already just playing on centre court was a thrill".
"I'm starting to really get to understand the conditions and it was consistent, my most consistent match by far".
The top seed grabbed a second break, with the Swiss serving out victory a game later on his first match point.
Only Connors (109) has won more titles than Federer, however, at 37 years old, the world No 3 does not think he has the time remaining to become the most decorated player of the professional era.
The Swiss crowd favourite was never able to comfortably take command against an opponent whom he had defeated in their last six meetings.
The top seed claimed his ninth trophy at his home event as he overcame an inspired opponent who took the lead early in each set but was pegged back by the 20-time Grand Slam champion. But he finally lost his nerve in the 12th game when two unforced errors in a row handed Federer the match.
Also, Roger has played in his 200th ATP semi-final here and it really turned out to be a great week for him despite struggling in all five matches, celebrating the 25th indoor title.