Djokovic downs Federer to win Cincinnati title

Tanya Simon
August 23, 2018

Federer could sit and nitpick why he was only able to win 47 per cent of second-serve points, why he was broken three times after putting together a streak of 100 consecutive holds in Cincinnati, or why the Serbian was able to win 78 per cent of second-serve points.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam victor, said his game wasn't sharp - but he didn't want to take anything away from Djokovic's achievement.

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Facing Croatian Marin Cilic in the semifinals, Djokovic managed to edge out by winning 6-4; 3-6; 6-3 to set up the clash with Roger Federer in the finals. Novak totally deserved to win.

"It's great to be back in the finals, against Novak in particular", Federer said. This (effort) was not good enough. "Missing every second serve on the forehand side, I don't know what that was about".

Bertens would race to a 5-3 lead in the tiebreak but Halep would persist and win the next three points to have championship point. The only player with better finals results at one tournament is Rafael Nadal, who is 11-0 in both French Open and Barcelona finals. He fell short on Sunday, but it was the World No. 2's sixth final from eight tour-level events in 2018.

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"It was a roller-coaster match", added the Wimbledon champion, who admitted he was distracted my loud music coming from outside the court early in the third set. His latest triumph in Cincinnati comes hot on the heels of his Wimbledon success last month.

Federer felt Djokovic's pressure from the start, fighting off two break point in the match's opening game.

Djokovic broke again to lead 4-3, and after Federer held to close the gap to 4-5 Djokovic ended the afternoon in the next game on his first match point.

Djokovic was baffled when he was given a time violation warning following a changeover, but took that in his stride, a majestic forehand victor at full stretch putting him a break up at 4-3.

Federer fought back in the second and he broke Djokovic in the second game but his opponent responded by breaking straight back.

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