Fed­erer downs Djokovic for sev­enth Cincy ti­tle

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Roger Fed­erer moved into pole po­si­tion for a US Open ti­tle run, cap­tur­ing his sev­enth Cincinnati Mas­ters with a dom­i­nant 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 win over Novak Djokovic.

The 34-year-old Swiss star added the Ser­bian world num­ber one to a vic­tims list which in­cluded Andy Mur­ray in the semi-fi­nals, cap­ping a nearper­fect week for the 17-time Grand Slam win­ner. Fed­erer was play­ing his first tour­na­ment since fall­ing to Djokovic in the Wim­ble­don fi­nal. He passed up the Mon­treal Mas­ters won by Mur­ray last week, pre­fer­ring to rest and pre­pare at home. "It s great, I didn t ex­pect it, to be quite hon­est. I knew I had a chance, but I still felt more guys were go­ing to have a bet­ter shot than I had be­cause they had played Mon­treal be­fore," Fed­erer said.

"Usu­ally that helps. But I ve re­al­ized over all the years that it s just re­ally dif­fi­cult to win back-to­back Mon­treal and Cincinnati, or Toronto and Cincinnati. "I chose to roll the dice a lit­tle bit and see how things were go­ing to go. If they went great here then it was a great plan. "If not, I was go­ing to go back and prac­tice and be re­ally mo­ti­vated for the US Open to start." The gam­ble paid off for Fed­erer, who needed 90 min­utes to sub­due Djokovic.

With the win he takes back the world num­ber two rank­ing Mur­ray seized for a week and will be seeded sec­ond be­hind Djokovic at Flush­ing Mead­ows for the sea­son s con­clud­ing Grand Slam which starts on Au­gust 31. Fed­erer claimed his 87th ca­reer ATP ti­tle and his 24th tro­phy in a Mas­ters 1000 event.

Djokovic, mean­while, was thwarted in his bid to be­come the first man to win all nine of the elite Mas­ters 1000 ti­tles as he en­dured his fifth fi­nal de­feat at Cincinnati -- the lone Mas­ters miss­ing from his re­sume. The Ser­bian world num­ber one has now fallen in the fi­nal of both of his tune-up events for the US Open, hav­ing lost to Mur­ray in Mon­treal.

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