Friday 28 October 2016

Federer sends out a warning to Djokovic

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

Roger Federer salutes the Cincinnati crowd after defeating Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer salutes the Cincinnati crowd after defeating Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer avenged his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-6 (1) 6-3 yesterday to capture his second consecutive Western & Southern Open title.

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The Swiss second seed, playing Djokovic for the first time since losing to him in the Wimbledon final for a second straight year last month, brought his record number of Cincinnati titles to seven with the win.

Federer, who did not concede a service break all week, easily handled his service games throughout the match, losing only 13 points on his serve.

He also employed an attacking style that gave Djokovic fits, winning 15 of 21 net points in the first set.

After cruising through the first set tie-break, Federer earned the only break of the match in the second game of the second set en route to sealing the win in 90 minutes.

"I tried to really mix it up on his second serve and I was hoping to serve good enough myself to keep me out of trouble," Federer said.

"He had that one bad game at the beginning of the second set, which ultimately made the difference in the match."

The win will give Federer a jolt of confidence going into the US Open, which starts next Monday - he will be seeking a sixth title at Flushing Meadows and his first since 2008.

With the win, Federer also denied long-time rival Djokovic from completing the set of all nine ATP Masters titles and took a 21-20 edge in career head-to-head meetings.

"It's now the fifth time I've been in this final. I guess I'll have to wait until Roger retires," Djokovic joked afterwards.


"I knew coming into the match he was going to be aggressive. No question about it. So I tried to handle it. I did well until the tie-break in the first set. After that, he was just the better player."

Federer now moves into second spot in the world rankings, which means the two rivals could meet again in the final at Flushing Meadows.

After the match, Federer assessed his game going into the year's final grand slam.

"Good, regardless of whether I would have won or not," said Federer. "I was well prepared. I had a good Wimbledon, a good off-season, recovered well and trained really hard. I knew I was going to be ready for the Open."

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