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Federer beats Djokovic to win Cincinnati Masters

CINCINNATI, August 23- World number one Roger Federer defeated fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-1, 7-5 to win the Cincinnati Masters title Sunday and cement his status as favourite for the upcoming US Open.
ROGER_FEDERER_SCREAM_Federer set the tone in the second game of the match, when Djokovic saved six break points but still couldn’t ward off the break of serve.

"A good start always helps," said Federer. "That was the case today."

When Djokovic finally held serve in the sixth game of the match he could only look at the sky and smile.

He presented a tougher challenge in the second set but couldn’t capitalize on a set point in the 10th game. Federer earned the key break for a 6-5 lead before serving out the match with a love game.

"The closest I was going to get to the first-place trophy is now," the world’s fourth-ranked player said on the court immediately following the match.

Federer won his third Cincinnati title after victories here in 2005 and 2007. He also captured his 16th Masters crown – second only to Andre Agassi’s career total of 17 in the elite series.

"I felt like my game was already pretty well in place in practice, so knew coming over here it was not just to show up," he said.

He turned the tables on Djokovic, who had beaten him in two prior meetings this season.

More importantly, the five-time defending US Open champion showed he is on form with the last Grand Slam of the season scheduled to start at Flushing Meadows on August 31.

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"The fans for me really turned it around, and that’s why this year I’m so excited going back there," Federer said. "I’ve had even better results, so I hope I can again show them what I can do on a tennis court."

After capturing the Masters title in Madrid, Federer posted milestone victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year.

His first French Open title made him just the sixth man to complete a career Grand Slam and his triumph over Andy Roddick in an epic Wimbledon final gave him a record 15th career Grand Slam.

After taking a break as he and wife, Mirka, welcomed the birth of twin daughters, Federer then suffered a shock quarter-final defeat at the Montreal Masters against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

This was his first title since his twins were born last month.

"That’s the special part, especially winning for the first time as a dad," Federer said. "It gets me going emotionally a little bit, because I know it’s been a wonderful summer."

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Kingara

    February 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Ngunjiri, you are entitled to your CORD opinion, lakini your analysis is all bull #$%@.

  2. Duncan Muchina

    February 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Misguided and at best, inept.

  3. Moshree Mosh

    February 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Why are most bloggers crapologists? Whatever happened to authentic journalism? You do know that you’ve given a slow thinking CORD supporter an idea, don’t you? OR do you have the intention of inciting people to throw stones and later claim that it’s a counter-reaction? What I hear in most of this campaigns is . I don’t believe they were forcefully imbibed into doing it, the sober me would have thrown a shoe and everything on me at one of your fellow crapologist before walking away with a swag in my glorious birthday suit without heeding to Muthama’s blackmail ()

  4. tiat

    February 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Wambugu, in your very shallow analysis of events, has it occurred to you that Jubilee candidates have not been engaging in hateful and inciteful campaigns like Cord, and particularly not in their opponents strongholds where it is inevitable that emotions will run high? You obviously have no capacity to analyse anything but I’ll give you this, you have a decent grasp of the Queen’s language. Try writing story books for kindergarten kids.

  5. mkenya

    February 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Ngunjiri, very unfortunate remarks and you are entitled to you cord remarks and believe you me, kenyans have become brighter and wise, WE DO NOT BELIEVE YOU.

  6. shalom

    February 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

    “Maneno ya mdomo” what you speak triggers the actions thereafter irrespective which party people belong, at this time emotions of people are very high. We are all Kenyans and CORD had issues in Embu/Migori etc but not Jubilee simply because of the tongue…Advise from the sages ” But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” hence the fracas you see in some of the campaigns. Know when to speak and when not to. Kenyans kindly think through what politicians speak avoid conflict cause none of their campaigns talks of conflict resolution yet it is necessary. Media can do better if they avoided word like..Kisii,Luo,Luyah etc and replace it with kenyans from…shalom

  7. shalom

    February 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Mr Wambugu…Why are you presuming the 4th march outcome in the negative sense at least the opponents have conceded defeat before, i wish to hear you preach peace and play above the propaganda causing fear…painting a different picture from what we stand for in CORD.

  8. omundustrong

    February 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Violence anywhere is violence everywhere. If you were to be true to yourself, you would have equally condemned the violence that rocked Luo Nyanza during a visit by the PM when the people in attendance openly disagreed with his 6 piece suit mumbo jambo. But you do not deem that as violence do you…

  9. CHARLES KARIUKI

    February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    we may not have a preview to the future, so we are left to judge from history. in 2002 UK conceded defect to mwai kibaki but am still search in history when Raila have had conceded defect.

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