Federer Whips Djokovic to Win Fifth Cincinnati Masters

by John on August 20, 2012

Top-ranked Roger Federer keeps on keepin’ on. The 31-year-old Swiss icon defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6 (7) to win his record fifth Cincinnati Masters title in decisive fashion yesterday afternoon. Federer, relying on a nearly untouchable serve — one that rarely exceeded 130 mph but kissed the corners and lines consistently — never faced a break point in the final. In fact, he only faced three break points all week and never had his serve broken during the tournament. Djokovic hadn’t had his serve broken in his four matches en route to the final, either But the No. 2-ranked Serb was broken in the opening game of the match and then twice more, while losing the first set 6-0 in just 20 minutes. “I was hoping for a good start — but not like that, Federer said. “I’ll take it.” Both players held throughout the second set, mostly with ease, to force a tiebreaker. The Swiss Maestro jumped out to a 3-0 lead, before Djokovic answered with four straight points to retake the advantage. After saving a set point for Djokovic at 6-7 with an overhead smash, Federer cracked back-to-back forehand winners to seal the win in 80 minutes. “It’s been another amazing week for me, and I’m having a magical summer,” Federer said. “So it’s obviously very nice. And I’m excited about New York now. But I’ll first savor this one for a bit.” Federer won Wimbledon and regained the No. 1 ranking in July, and then captured the Silver Medal at the Olympics earlier this month. The title was the Swiss’ sixth of the year and 21st career Masters Series crown, tying him with with Rafael Nadal for most ever. Federer improved to 16-12 against Djokovic. Nole downplayed the significance of the loss in reference to the upcoming U.S. Open. “The conditions here are quite different from U.S. Open,” he said of the courts. “It’s a bit slower there, which I think goes in my favor a little bit more, more suitable to my style of the game. I’m going to have a week that I think is very necessary for me right now mentally and physically.” You have to wonder if Djokovic is deluding himself a bit, since he’s lost his last four matches against fellow members of the Big Four, a far cry from his dominance of 2011. He dropped the French Open Final to Nadal, the Olympic’s semifinal to Andy Murray, and the Wimbledon semifinal and final here to Federer.




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