Djokovic beats Federer to win in Cincinnati

Silvia Morton
August 22, 2018

The Serbian moved superbly from the off, working Federer from side to side and taking the upper hand with a break for a 4-3 lead when the 20-time grand slam victor failed to make contact with a forehand.

"Thanks for letting me win here once", Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation.

Djokovic, a champion in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Canada, Shanghai and Paris, has lost in five previous finals at the Western and Southern Open, three times to Federer, but he was not to be denied on Sunday.

"It's been a great week, tough on the players but we had a fun time".

"Congratulations Novak on writing history today", the Swiss said.

Meeting Federer for the first in more than two years, Djokovic's returning and dogged defence rattled the Swiss, whose serve had been impregnable throughout the tournament.

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"Missing every second serve on the forehand side, I don't know what that was about".

"Novak totally deserved to win today". Federer himself has won seven times in Cincinnati.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic claimed his Masters record on his first match point and now heads to the US Open as a title favorite after a string of sub-par seasons and an elbow injury which required surgery. His latest triumph in Cincinnati comes hot on the heels of his Wimbledon success last month.

Federer started the match with three aces in the opening game, then added a pair of love games for a 3-2 lead.

Federer dropped just one set on his route to the final but was under pressure immediately against Djokovic, saving two break points to hold in the very first game. Djokovic took the lead in the second set, again leading 4-3 after breaking Federer, who made an extraordinary 39 unforced errors.

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