Roger Federer cruised to a 5th title win at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after beating Serb Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-0 7-6 (7).
Djokovic clearly struggled to get into his rhythm in the first set. His serve has let him down and he was producing way too many unforced errors, which saw Federer taking the set without dropping a game in just 20 minutes. The Serb’s first serve percentage was way too low (50%) and he managed to win only 1 out of 10 points after his second serve found it’s mark.
However, Federer knows what a fighter Djokovic is as the Serb managed to come back against him four times in his career after losing the first set. The crowd witnessed a lot more entertaining second set, with Djokovic raising his game and not allowing Federer to step inside the baseline as much as in the first set. The Swiss’ biggest strenght on these fast courts has been the net play throughout the whole week, and he was trying to push forward as soon as he got a shorter ball from Nole. Both players held their serves without facing a break point throughout the set and the tiebreak was to decide the outcome of it. Roger got off to a quick 3-0 lead with a mini break to his good, but the Serb managed to fight back and after two changes of ends, the score was levelled at 6 apiece. Djokovic averted one matchpoint and the FedEx saved a set point to keep the crowd at the edge of their seats. The crucial moment came in the 16th point of the ‘breaker’, when Roger managed to take Djoker’s serve once again to seal the set and the match and improve his head to head record against the Serb to 16-12.
Stats of the match:
Federer fired 8 aces and double faulted only once, hit 28 winners to 18 unforced errors and managed to convert 3 out of 4 break points. Djokovic hit 2 aces and 5 double faults, came up with 12 winners against 23 unforced errors and didn’t get a single break point opportunity in the whole match.
The Swiss maestro beat his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka to proceed to today’s final, whereas Djokovic avenged his Olympic bronze medal loss against the Argentine Del Potro in the other semis.