Roger Federer was all smiles after winning his seventh Cincinnati final Sunday beating rival and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 76, 63 in an exciting final.
Employing his hyper-aggressive tactics, the 34-year-old Swiss overwhelmed Djokovic for much of the match, threatening on several occasions to blow it open in the second.
“I’m happy it worked out very well,” Federer said of his attacking plan. “On the return I was able to mix things up very nicely, and on my serve I was rock solid. If you don’t get broken, like I explained the other day, you can do whatever you want on the return games. I was trying to do that again today, but I was happy I took care of my serve throughout the match.
“I think I played very good also off the baseline. I was moving well I think all week. I think that’s always crucial for me, to be getting out of the blocks early, fast, understand when to come forward, and when I do that it’s explosive. Throughout the week it’s been very good and I’ve been very pleased.”
Federer won the title for a second title without dropping a serve (2012) and he now goes into the US Open riding high.
“Didn’t expect it, to be quite honest, coming here,” he said of the titles. “I knew I had a chance, but still felt more guys were going to have a better shot than I had because they had played Montreal before.
“Now I’ve got the confidence, I’ve got the matches, and I’m actually still feeling really fresh even after this week, because the matches have been rather short. And because I didn’t play both tournaments, I can really pace myself next week and see how much practice I actually really need.”
Federer’s title also puts him back in the No. 2 ranking slot and also as the second seed in New York, which doesn’t matter much to the 17-time Slam champion.
“It’s not that important for me to be ranked No. 2 or 3. You can see it both ways.
“If I play Novak in the semis or in the finals, for me wouldn’t it be maybe better to play Novak in the semis? You know, possibly. So that’s why I think No. 2, 3 doesn’t really matter. Now it’s out of the question. I won’t see him before the finals.
“So I got my work cut out. A lot of guys are really eager to do well at the Open as well, and usually everybody does play well in New York.
“It’s a fair surface, good court. Everybody knows it’s your last chance to do well at a slam or win a slam. So there are not really easy matches out there. Just want to make sure I get going good at the very beginning.”
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