Rejuvenated Roger Federer, seed number two, lifted his sixth Cincinnati Masters trophy after prevailing in an entertaining title clash against sixth-seeded David Ferrer who fell short despite turning in a quality performance on the Center Court today. This is the third crown for Roger in 2014 after Dubai and Halle and the milestone 80th in career.
The opener was a tight affair with both players holding very confidently until the eighth game when FedEx prepared and converted the initial break point of the evening. Serving for the set, the Swiss Maestro first returned from 0-40 before denying the Spaniard another chance to claw back and taking a one nil lead in the end. The script of the encounter changed drastically in the second, especially after Ferrer saved four break points in the opening game. He went on to win five games in a row as Roger struggled with executing points at the net. The Spanish number two nearly delivered the resigned opponent a bagel, but the latter lifted his game as well as spirit to get on the board. He got close to pulling one of the breaks back, yet to no avail – his rival finally squared things up by putting away a precise down-the-line backhand.
Nevertheless, Federer was obviously getting back to business as he regained both his accuracy and self-confidence which paid off in obtaining a pair of break points early in the decider – he converted the second one with a sublime drop shot to get himself back into pole position. He almost established a double break cushion in the sixth game and while Ferrer somehow got out of woods on this occasion, the Swiss stepped up again a couple of games later to earn a triple match point against the serve. He could raise his hands in victory after successfully challenging the ball that landed just behind the baseline to celebrate a hard-fought, yet deserved 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory.