Federer, the no.2 seed of the men’s tournament, administered just the fifth defeat of the year to world leader Novak Djokovic, 7-6, 6-3, winning his 87th ATP title in his illustrious career. This gives the Swiss legend a great morale boost to win his 18th Grand Slam title and the first in the last three years at Flushing Meadows in September.
On the other side, the Serbian lost his fifth Cincinnati final and will be left wondering when will he be able to add the last major ATP Masters Final to his impressive tally. Three of Nole’s five final defeats at the tournament came against Federer, who added his seventh title since 2005 – when he defeated Andy Roddick in the final. The win brings Federer the lead in head-to-head confrontations with “The Djoker”, having 21 wins over Djokovic’s 20.
However, the 17th time Grand Slam winner is conscious about the fact that he will have a way harder at time at the US Open, particularly because the slower surface will work against his aggressive style on faster surfaces. Federer dominated the U.S open in the middle-late 2000’s, winning every edition between 2004 and 2008 – the longest consecutive winning streak at the tournament since the 1920’s – but has never reached the final since his surprise defeat at the hands of Juan Martin del Potro in 2009.
In the women’s tournament, Serena Williams powerhoused her way through yet another tournament, winning the Cincinnati final in about two hours against third seed and world no.3 Simona Halep. The Romanian player, which found great form recently as she recovered from a surprise first round defeat at Wimbledon to reach two consecutive Masters final, also displayed a good outing against what seemed to be an average display from Williams.
But in the case of Serena Williams, average still means that it challenges her opponents to reach astronomic levels of performance – as she managed to defeat Halep 6-3, 7-6. Williams is facing a historical performance at the U.S. Open: she could be the first player in years to complete a Grand Slam, winning all four major tournaments in the same calendar year, while also tying up Steffi Graf for most Grand Slam title wins in WTA history – if Williams wins, it would be her 22nd Grand Slam title.
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