Federer Drubs Djokovic at Cincinnati Masters

by John on August 24, 2009

Roger Federer is tanned and ready. The Swiss Maestro showed he is in top form yesterday with a decisive 6-1, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Cincinnati Masters. The title was No. 1 Federer’s fourth of the year and first since he became a father of twin girls last month. Just 10 days ago in Montreal, Federer, rusty from his fatherhood sabbatical after Wimbledon, blew a 5-1 third-set lead against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and lost the quarterfinal match to the Frenchman. There was no such rust at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Federer’s final tuneup before the U.S. Open, which begins a week from today. Federer bested nemesis Andy Murray, who he had lost to four straight times, in the semis on Saturday and dropped just one set during the week. “I really had the feeling today I could mix it up the way I wanted to,” Federer said. “That then gave me a lot of confidence. I was playing great from the beginning to the end.” The tone of the match was set in the 13-minute, 22-point second game, which saw Djokovic, ranked No. 4, lose serve after saving six break points. “The second game helped him to get in the rhythm, and he gained more confidence, played more relaxed from that point on,” said Djokovic, who defeated Federer in their previous two meetings this year. “He was just too good in the first set. I didn’t start very energetic, and my body language wasn’t what it was last night.” Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal handily in the night semifinal on Saturday. The week in Cincinnati exceeded Federer’s expectations. “I felt like my game was pretty much in place in practice, so I knew coming over here it was not just to show up,” he said. “That it paid off so quickly, I’m a little bit surprised, you know?” The championship was Federer’s 16th Masters Series title, second only to Andre Agassi with 17.

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