Whoopa, welcome to Sevennati Roger Federer 😀 . Nice win here for the GOAT as he defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6(1) 6-3 to win his 87th ATP title and 24th Masters 1000 trophy.
The win also sees him return to #2 in the Rankings, beat Seeds #1 and #2 en route to a title for the first time, win his second ever Masters 1000 without dropping serve or a set and no doubt some other records in there too all at the grand old age of 34! Not bad huh 😉
Quick Match Recap
Djokovic won the toss and elected to serve. Holding to 15 to get things underway. Roger soon levelled and then held 3 break points in game 3 but couldn't convert.
With the Swiss looking the better player, he again held a break point at 3-2 but Djokovic found a way out to hold. The Serb then had his first deuce game of the set on return but Fed held firm. Both players then exchanged 5 service holds for the loss of just 3 points and the set went into a tie break.
Into the breaker and Fed immediately snatched a mini break but then missed a forehand at 2-0 . No dwelling on the past though as he won the next 2 points on Djokovic's serve – one with a sweet backhand down the line, the next with a newly trademarked service line return which drew the error.
2 big serves saw 4-1 become 6-1 and Djokovic then lost his third service point in a row to lose the tie break 7-1.
Winning the first set was always crucial and with Djokovic looking somewhat weary Fed took full advantage at the start of set 2 to break for 2-0. Aided and abetted by 3 Djokovic double faults in one game, including one on break point.
The break was consolidated to love and then at 4-1 Fed had more chances to put the match to bed; only to overhit his forehand allowing Djokovic to escape and just keep in touch.
Luckily the one break provided decisive as Fed held from deuce to lead 5-2 and then served it out to love to win his 7th Cincinnati title.
|N. Djokovic||R. Federer|
|1st Serve %||59%||57%|
|1st Serve Points Won||33/47 (70%)||29/35 (83%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||15/32 (47%)||19/26 (73%)|
|Break Points Saved||7/8 (88%)||0/0 (0%)|
|Service Games Played||10||11|
|1st Return Points Won||6/35 (17%)||14/47 (30%)|
|2nd Return Points Won||7/26 (27%)||17/32 (53%)|
|Break Points Won||0/0 (0%)||1/8 (13%)|
|Return Games Played||11||10|
|Net Points Won||2||21/29|
|Total Service Points Won||48/79 (61%)||48/61 (79%)|
|Total Return Points Won||13/61 (21%)||31/79 (39%)|
|Total Points Won||61/140 (44%)||79/140 (56%)|
Thoughts on the Match
I tried to really mix it up on his second serve and I was hoping to serve good enough myself to keep me out of trouble. He had that one bad game at the beginning of the second set, which made the difference in the match. I've seen Novak adapt to my play over the years and he's also improved a lot. His movement and his backhand and forehand are always so solid. There aren't many errors coming out of his forehand wing now. Our rivalry has definitely evolved.
Allez! Pleasing win here for Federer and fully deserved after the level of tennis he's displayed all week.
Unlike the Wimbledon final he was able to keep up the solid serving to record his best ever numbers vs. Djokovic; winning 79% of service points. He had previously never topped 76%. Interestingly he only made 57% of first serves too so just shows you how well he defended the second serve.
It's also the second time he's won Cincinnati without dropping a set or getting broken throughout the whole tournament. Kinda crazy to think that the World's two best returners in Murray and Djokovic didn't create a single break point between them!
As for the final it wasn't one of the showstopper types that we've seen before between these two as Djokovic looked a little flatter than usual. A couple of niggles, back to back Masters 1000's and some tough 3 setters will have definitely taken something out of him. But take nothing away from Federer; he backed up his impressive wins against Anderson, Lopez and Murray with yet more big time tennis and again kept his opponent at arms length to never allow them into he match. Really it was just a fine display of attacking tennis and using his two main weapons to dominate out there – serve and forehand. Throw in a little bit of net rushing and attempting to return 2nd serves virtually stood in the service box and he found the winning formula to deny Djokovic completing his set of Masters 1000 trophies. I guess the only negative for Fed is 1 out of 8 on break points and the only conversion coming courtesy of a double fault, cheers Novak 😀
Next stop is of course Flushing Meadows where hopefully Fed can put in a good run. He's not made the final there since 2009 so it's been somewhat of a disappointment in recent years but if the surface plays quick I like his chances of making the latter stages. We saw today that even when he's up against guys in their prime, if he's moving well and the surface gives him that little bit of help then he's a handful for anyone.
What did you guys think of the final? Let me know in the comments.