A boost of confidence never hurts, and world No. 1 Serena Williams got a much-needed one, and Roger Federer showed he can still cross he finish line with titles on Sunday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Federer won his 80th career singles title after a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over the grinding Spaniard David Ferrer.
The 33-year-old Swiss improved to 6-0 career in Cincinnati finals and to a 16-0 head-to-head against the 32-year-old Ferrer in yet another ATP final featuring two 30-plus players.
The confidence for Federer comes from breaking an 0-4 record in his last four Masters-level tournaments. In the third set against Ferrer, Federer broke to go up 3-1 before running out the match.
“I’m very happy about the week,” Federer said. “Just overall it went from good to great. Just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week already.”
Federer improved to 3-5 in finals this year.
“Especially now I come in with great confidence,” Federer said about the upcoming US Open in a little more than a week’s time. “I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff, so it’s just about maintaining. That’s also really good for the mind.”
Serena was likely more in need of a championship after a third-round loss at Wimbledon saw her go 0-3 in Slam titles this year, despite a U.S. summer hardcourt title at Stanford and a semifinal loss last week at Montreal to sister Venus.
“Congratulations to Ana — she’s such a great champion and such a wonderful, wonderful young lady,” Williams said after beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 in the final. “It’s so good to see wonderful women like her leading our tour right now.”
Serena had beaten friend Caroline Wozniacki in three sets in the semifinals, while Ivanovic defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets in her semifinal.
It was the fourth time Serena and Ivanovic had faced each other this year, with Serena winning three of the four meetings in 2004.
Serena’s first-ever Cincinnati title also saw her clinch the US Open Series for the third time in the last four years.
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