Djokovic beats Federer to complete Masters sweep

Djokovic beats Federer to complete Masters sweep

"I finally won Cincinnati after six finals, some against the greatest ever, Roger".

Djokovic, a champion in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Canada, Shanghai and Paris, has lost in five previous finals at the Western and Southern Open, three times to Federer, but he was not to be denied on Sunday.

Meeting Federer for the first in more than two years, Djokovic's returning and dogged defence rattled the Swiss, whose serve had been impregnable throughout the tournament. It's not like he hasn't tried before - this is his sixth final in Cincinnati.

Djokovic claimed the opening set in 37 minutes and came back from an early break in the second to overhaul his longtime rival as they played for the 46th time.

With his win, the Serbian Djokovic becomes the first singles player to win all nine Masters 1000 tournaments, a feat otherwise known as achieving the Career Golden Masters.

Djokovic has the fourth highest number of Grand Slams, under his belt, after Federer, Nadal, and Sampras.

Aug 19, 2018; Mason, OH, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) serves against Novak Djokovic (SRB) during the finals in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Federer, meanwhile, lost a final in the hardcourt US Open tuneup for the first time.

Novak Djokovic
Getty Images Novak Djokovic crushed Federer

Federer fought back in the second and he broke Djokovic in the second game but his opponent responded by breaking straight back.

"This is about him making history".

"Congratulations Novak on writing history today", the Swiss said.

He has won 13 Grand Slams- 6 Australian Opens, 2 US Opens, 4 Wimbledon titles, and one French Open.

"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.

Federer was under pressure from the start, saving two break points before holding to win the first game.

In the first set Djokovic broke Federer in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and he subsequently served out.

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