Federer beats Djokovic to claim 87th title

It was a relatively smooth road to victory for Federer who cruised through the Western and Southern Open easily without dropping a single service game. Or maybe subtitle it the Djokovic Heartbreak.

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Roger Federer and Serena Williams warmed up for the US Open in fine style by winning the titles on offer in Cincinnati.

He sat out the 2012 and 2014 US Opens because of injury. “I’m doing different things now on the backhand”. Once as high as No. 13 among ATP World Tour players, The Dog will try to get past the fourth round for the first time in New York. “Let’s go, right?”

Meanwhile, top-ranked female tennis player Serena Williams was also able to successfully defend her title at the 2015 Western & Southern Open.

Serena Williams.pf the United States, holds the Rookwood Cup after defeating Simona Halep, of Roman …

“I’m not going to play the way they like it”, Federer said Sunday.

No surprise there. Federer is the undisputed king of this court. “It’s OK, nothing major”, Djokovic said.

The Serbian, who for all of his many successes is still to win in Cincinnati, lost the first set on a tie-break and was decisively broken in the first game of the second set after a double fault, with Federer holding serve thereafter to triumph in 90 minutes.

Djokovic needed to win in Cincinnati to become the first man ever to win all nine Masters Series titles.

Federer won the marquee match-up of the semifinals, using his steady serve to beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (6). “Reaching number two doesn’t matter to me much”, said Halep. “But if I look at guys that I think have a lot of talent – Dimitrov and Kyrgios are interesting players to put out there”.

What needs to be said is the last of those arrived seven years ago, when he beat a 21-year-old Murray to close out a remarkable run of consecutive victories at Flushing Meadows – starting with Lleyton Hewitt back in 2004 – when he was supreme not just there, but on every court in the game.

He takes home $731,000 and 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points, adding to Cincinnati titles won in 2005, ’07, ’09-10, ’12 and ’14.

No. 2 Roger Federer: The legion of Fed Fans are feeling it after the 34-year-old father of four won that title in Cincy, his seventh there and 87th overall.

Djokovic remains the favorite to win the U.S. Open, but he’s not the favorite that he once was. His serve is true the place he wants it. Throughout his 5 matches in Cincinnati, Federer wasn’t damaged throughout 40 service video games.

Novak Djokovic says he is “not happy” with his recent form but is remaining confident ahead of the US Open.

However, Djokovic is not giving up on his Cincinnati dream.

Federer gave himself three match points with his seventh ace of the contest and converted on the first to the cheers of a partisan crowd.

Djokovic just couldn’t seem to find a rhythm with Federer and the Swiss took full advantage. At that point, it was clear where this one was head.

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This was the 41st contest between Djokovic and Federer, which now Federer leads 21-20.

Andy Murray