Novak Djokovic makes history after beating Roger Federer to Cincinnati crown

Annette Crawford
August 20, 2018

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.

"Thanks for letting me win here once", Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation.

Novak Djokovic of Serbis celebrates his win over Roger Federer of Switzerland during the menĀ“s final of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. He had won each of the other eight tournaments - which include contests in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Madrid, Italy, Canada, Shanghai, and Paris - multiple times.

Djokovic applied the pressure in the opening game of the match, but second seed Federer saved two break points after being forced back as his rival found his range immediately.

Then he jumped and punched the air before giving his racquet to a fan and tossing his sweatbands into the stands. That first Rookwood pottery trophy will be enough.

Novak Djokovic ended a career-long jinx as he completed a matched set of Masters 1000 titles Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Cincinnati final.


Federer was full of praise for Djokovic.

"It's a wonderful feeling.it's been a couple of tough months for me with an injury and then winning Wimbledon and Cincinnati", Djokovic said.

Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily.

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

But Federer started the second set the strongest, racing into a 2-0 lead before Djokovic fought back to level at 2-2.

Djokovic was baffled when he was given a time violation warning following a changeover, but took that in his stride, a majestic forehand victor at full stretch putting him a break up at 4-3.

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