Novak Djokovic has finally got the monkey off his back as the former number 1 claimed the Cincinnati Open title beating Roger Federer in straight sets 6-4 6-4.
There was huge anticipation among the fans about the game which promised to be a belter. This was the first time the two legends of the game met in the finals of this competition. Federer, a seven time champion here, looked in crisp form throughout the tournament and had lost only one set in his route to the final. The Serb, however, had to toil his way into the finals after contesting a closely fought match in the semifinals against world number 4 Juan Martin Del Potro.
Djoker had never won a Cincinnati Open title before and had lost all the previous five finals. But this time there was no denying him. Djokovic looked confident from the beginning of the match. He looked to take on the game to Federer. And this attacking attitude helped him. A single break was enough for Novak to take the first set 6-4. And the second set was no different from the first. Djokovic led the attack from the start. Federer, by his own standards, was pretty ordinary. The Swiss Maestro had four double faults to his name and these mistakes cost him too much to win a 99th career trophy.
Federer’s streak of 100 straight unbroken service games in Cincinnati Open came to an end in the first set. Novak Djokovic had all other ATP 1000 Masters to his name except for the Cincinnati Open title. With today’s win, he becomes the first ever man in tennis history to win all the nine ATP 1000 Masters titles. The pair had not come face to face since the 2016 Australian Open final. Djokovic now leads the Head to Head record 24-22 against Federer.
Here are the highlights of the game:
Erstwhile in women championships, it was Kiki Bertens of Netherlands who triumphed over Romanian Simona Halep to take home her first Cincinnati Open title.
Halep took the first set quite comfortably 6-2 and also had a match point in the second set. But Bertens had something else on her mind. She saved the match point and took the set 7-6 (8/6) and showed great character to continue the dominance in the third set. With all the confidence in her side the Dutch lady won the third set quite comfortably 6-2. World number 1 Halep has now lost her 3rd Cincinnati Open final in 4 years. But for Kiki Bertens this remains a trophy beyond expectations.
Here are the highlights of the Women’s Final from Cincinnati Open:
All the eyes are now on the Flushing Meadows which is just around the corner. Federer lost the final in the US Open tune up for the very first time in his career. Novak Djokovic is certainly the favourite for US Open now. But one can never count out the current world number 1 Rafael Nadal, who too looks in supreme form. US Open has always been supportive to the big servers. And we should not be surprised if one of Juan Martin Del Potro, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev or Kevin Anderson wins the glittering grand-slam. But one thing is certain and this is that all the tennis fans are in for an exciting month as the attentions now turns towards The States.