Federer Wins Cincinnati Masters

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Updated: August 17, 2014

Roger Federer makes history in Cincinnati winning the Western & Southern Open against David Ferrer in three sets marking his 80th career title.

Federer had some shaky moments throughout the match especially in the second set but was a level higher than Ferrer to win the title 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

It is the 6th time the Swiss man has picked up the Cincinnati Masters title previously winning in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005 and now 2014. It is the first time Federer has picked up a Masters title since the Swiss’ Cincinnati Masters victory in 2012 against Novak Djokovic.

Federer overcame the Spaniard in 1 hour and 42 minutes making the head to head record 16-0  lead go to the 33-year-old’s favour.

In the opening set both the world number 3 and number 6 were on top of their game at 3-3 until Federer broke in the 8th game thanks to Ferrer creating two double faults ending the first set with Federer winning on serve. It took the former world number 1 half an hour to seal the starting set.

The opening game of the second set was close to another break of serve from the Swiss maestro, but Ferrer held onto his nerves to win the 1st game after 4 break points were on offer.

Ferrer went onto stun the match favourite by breaking serve twice in a row to lead the second set 5-0. The 2013 French Open finalist was close to winning a love set which could have been Federer’s first time against him since Roland Garros in 2008, but got a serve back not enough to avoid the match from entering the third and deciding set.

Federer got himself back into his motivation from the word go in the final set after a crucial drinks break.

The 5-time Cincinnati Masters champion went in for the first break point of the last set in the 4th game, then to break in the 8th and final game of the Championship.

It was the first time in the ATP World Tour history that the two finalists at the Masters were over 30 years old.

The victory in Cincinnati will give Federer a big boost and a good chance of having his name engraved on the US Open trophy, as the final Grand Slam of the year takes place in New York next Monday (25th August).

 

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My thoughts on the final

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This year’s Cincinnati Masters final was just as entertaining as last year’s final which had Rafael Nadal coming back from a set down to beat John Isner in three sets.

Roger Federer certainly made it look so easy in the opening set but the performance David Ferrer pulled off in the second was just stunning when you consider who his opponent was on the other side of the court.

The fact that both finalists were over 30 years old was also incredible because from the first serve to last point played they looked a hell of a lot younger when playing each shot.

It could well and truly be Ferrer’s last shot at a big tournament trophy for sometime at least due to the fact that he is known for not being consistent at appearing in finals. Federer on the other hand could be the start of a comeback with the way the last 4 weeks have been, the Swiss man’s 18th Grand Slam in New York will be on the cards.

 

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