Novak Djokovic completes Masters set with victory over Roger Federer in Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 last to complete a matched set of Masters 1000 titles

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 last to complete a matched set of Masters 1000 titles

It's been a long-time coming, Djokovic has lost in the final at Cincinnati five times, but he's finally done it.

Federer's streak of 100 straight unbroken service games in Cincy was ended by Djokovic in the seventh game of the first set.

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 to win the Cincinnati Masters and become the first man to complete a career sweep of all nine 1000 Series titles.

Novak Djokovic of Serbis celebrates his win over Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men´s final of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2018 in Mason, Ohio.

"Obviously it was a tough match for him today, he probably didn't feel his best, but he is a great champion and probably the best ever to play the game".

The Serb now leads Federer 24-22 and has won their last three encounters.

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.

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Federer rallied early in the second set, breaking Djokovic to lead 2-0 but the Serb broke back and earned the decisive break for 4-3, curling a forehand pass down the line.

The pair had not played since the 2016 Australian Open semi-finals more than two and a half years ago.

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.

"This seems a bit unreal to be back at this level and winning Wimbledon and obviously Cincinnati for the first time".

Federer said: "Congratulations to Novak for your wonderful effort not just this week, but throughout your whole career, it is an incredible achievement".

But it began to unravel as the Swiss double-faulted to yield a break point, dropping serve as Djokovic moved ahead 4-3.

World number 10 Djokovic eventually broke his opponent's serve for 4-3 before holding to win the opening set.

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