Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer for first Cincinnati title

David Goffin Roger Federer Novak Djokovic

David Goffin Roger Federer Novak Djokovic

Djokovic, who came up empty in five prior Cincinnati finals, defeated seven-time victor Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

He got the better of a nostalgic rematch - they hadn't played in two years because of injuries - and broke through in a tournament that Federer has won seven times, never losing a title match. "It's the first time I get to stand with a winning trophy in Cincinnati".

The former world number one became the first man to win all 9 of the ATP's elite Masters 1000 events since the ATP was formed in 1990.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic had lost the Cincinnati final to the Swiss on three previous occasions.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam victor, said his game wasn't sharp - but he didn't want to take anything away from Djokovic's achievement. 'He's the first to do it.

"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. These performances don't come easy'.

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Djokovic leads their all-time series 24-22 and has done much better in the biggest matches.

Victory also completes an incredible sweep for Djokovic as he has now won all Masters events, all Grand Slams and all World Tour Finals. He got better as the rainy week went on in Cincinnati, playing his best at the end.

"This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level, " said Djokovic. However, Novak broke straightaway in the third game, and then again on 3-all, recovering from a 40-0 disadvantage on Federer's serve.

But it began to unravel as the Swiss double-faulted to yield a break point, dropping serve as Djokovic moved ahead 4-3. Djokovic served out the set and then traded breaks with Federer early in the second set.

It took Djokovic just 1hrs and 23 minutes to extend his head-to-head lead over an out-of-sorts Federer in their head to head, and end a two-year wait for a Masters title.

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