When winning comes with ovation, remuneration, the big cup and the top spot in the world rankings, it becomes all the more gratifying. Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic to win the Cincinnati finals on Sunday and oddly the win wasn’t even close to being close.
The game ended with a 6-0, 7-6 making this the fifth Cincinnati win for Federer. In just 80 minutes, he gave the crowd more than the usual to cheer about. He did not miss a beat in his first set and went on to seize three out of the four breakpoints. Along with applaud, he now gets a 1000 points to his name whereas Djokovic gets 600.
Though Djokovic came back stronger in the second set, it wasn’t enough to match Federer’s energies. Even with a long tie-breaker, Djokovic could not manage to force pressure on Federer. He did not win a single break point. Now just days ahead of the US Open, this comes as a boost for Federer to performing with the same vigor and more hope.
“Looking back, it’s just unbelievable. This was probably the best week for me here in Cincinnati. I didn’t lose a set. This is very sweet, no doubt about it.”
The 31 year Swiss admits that this trip has been the best yet for him, acknowledging the fact that making this his fifth title was just as special as the first. This was the 7th time that Federer and Djokovic faced each other in the finals. Though the earlier matches started out unpredictable and ended with close calls, this one came was a decider right from the beginning. Even though both the players occupy the top two positions at the moment, Federer had clutched victory a long time ago.
Even Federer admitted that he was expecting to have a little more competition than he had to actually work for. With high cheers from the crowd and a easy first set win, Federer was all the more confident at the second set and though the Serb gave a better fight, it was inadequate nonetheless.
Federer had taken a break from Toronto Cup after the Olympics and will be back to playing in the US Open at Flushing Meadows.