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Djokovic wins Cincinnati Masters title

Djokovic wins Cincinnati Masters title
Novak Djokovic holds the Rookwood Cup after beating Roger Federer on Sunday evening.
Mason, Aug 20 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/20/2018 12:00:48 PM IST

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has defeated Switzerland’s Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the Western & Southern Open here, finally winning the tennis tourney that had eluded him.

This was Djokovic’s sixth Cincinnati final, but his first win. Three of those losses had come at the hands of Federer, but not this time.

The Swiss player, the No. 2 favourite, was facing just the opposition situation on Sunday, given that he had won each of the seven Cincinnati finals in which he had played, the latest in 2015.

The ongoing duel between the two tennis icons on the international tennis circuit is already a classic rivalry. 

With Djokovic ranked No. 10 in the world and Federer No. 2, the pair are never far from the final rounds in the various competitions. Djokovic is trying to get back to the pinnacle of the tennis world after the relative obscurity in which he spent last season.

Cincinnati showed that the Serb is approaching the summit, winning at Wimbledon and now in Ohio, and also becoming a finalist in Queens.

He easily defeated Federer on Sunday, although the Swiss player broke the Serb’s serve early in the second set to go up 0-2. But he couldn’t take advantage of the situation and got broken in return, with the Belgrade native going on to rectify the situation and take the set.

Djokovic ultimately needed only 85 minutes to cruise to victory.

Meanwhile, World No 1 Simona Halep crashed to a shock defeat to Kiki Bertens in a dramatic final of the Western & Southern Open.

Bertens prevailed 2-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in a real test of nerve as she was forced to save championship point in a roller-coaster second set when the tables turned in thrilling fashion.

It was the biggest win of the world No 17’s career, the first time a Dutch player had won in Cincinnati and her maiden win against a world number one, taking two hours and five minutes to do it.

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