Djokovic beat Federer to win Cincy title

AFP | Published: 00:05, Aug 21,2018 | Updated: 00:34, Aug 21,2018

 
 

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for photographers after the end of their men’s final of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Centre in Mason, Ohio on Sunday. Djokovic beat Federer 6-4, 6-4 sets.— AFP photo

Novak Djokovic ended a career-long jinx, lifting the trophy in Cincinnati at last to complete a matched set of Masters 1000 titles. Djokovic, who came up empty in five prior Cincinnati finals, defeated seven-time winner Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The former world number one became the first man to win all nine of the ATP’s Masters 1000 events in the elite series’ current configuration. Federer, meanwhile, lost a final in the hardcourt US Open tuneup for the first time. ‘I played five finals (here) before, and most of those finals I lost to this great man, Roger ... thank you for letting me win here once in Cincinnati,’ Djokovic joked. ‘This is a dream come true,’ Djokovic said. ‘I finally won Cincinnati after six finals, some against the greatest ever, Roger.’ Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, said his game wasn’t sharp -- but he didn’t want to take anything away from Djokovic’s achievement. ‘Novak is a great champion,’ Federer said. ‘This is about him making history.’

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