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20.08.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 2

Roger Federer dominates Novak Djokovic at Cincinnati (LA Times)

Roger Federer finds a lot to like about Cincinnati — the big crowds for his matches, the quiet time away from the court, the way his game seems to come together on the fast, blue courts. It probably helps that he often takes home the trophy too.

Make it five for Federer.

The world's top-ranked player won a record fifth Cincinnati title Sunday, dominating second-ranked Novak Djokovic in an unprecedented way at the start of a 6-0, 7-6 (7) win for the Western & Southern Open championship in suburban Mason, Ohio. The 31-year-old Swiss star has enjoyed many of his one-week visits. None was better than the latest.

Federer again the man to beat (Washington Examiner)

At the beginning of the year, Novak Djokovic was on the verge of making tennis history, much of it at the expense of supposedly declining Roger Federer. Instead, Rod Laver lives on as the last male to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. And Federer has a chance to cap yet another extraordinary season, one in which his near walkover loss to Andy Murray in the gold-medal match at the Olympics will go down as only a tiny blemish.

Should Federer and Serena Williams both successfully follow their Wimbledon titles by winning at the U.S. Open, it will be the first time that both tournaments had the same champions since Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf in 1995. Federer last won both tournaments in the same year in 2007, proof of just how long he has maintained his place among the sport's elite.

That form shows no sign of waning. With his dominant 6-0, 7-6 (7) victory over Djokovic on Sunday to claim a record fifth title in Cincinnati, Federer ensured he will be the favorite in New York for more reasons than simply the absence of injured Rafael Nadal. It was the first time in 28 matches between Federer and Djokovic that either one had won a set 6-0.

Federer heads to US Open in ominous form (sportlive.co.za)

World number one Roger Federer heads to the US Open with a sixth tournament win of the year to his name, no evident fitness problems and little sign that his Olympic defeat by Andy Murray has had any adverse effect on his confidence.

The Wimbledon champion came to Cincinnati aiming to fine-tuning his game ahead of Flushing Meadows and showed with his classy performances that there is not much to adjust as he looks for a record-extending 18th grand slam. The Swiss did not concede a break of serve in winning the tournament and securing his record fifth title at Cincinnati against the world number two Novak Djokovic 6-0 7-6 on Sunday.

“There is no doubt about it beating Novak in a final makes it extra special but then also (it was about) the reaction after losing in the Wimbledon (Olympic) final — to play a great finals after playing a not very good one at the Olympics where I went on to lose nine games in a row,” he said. “I came here and never dropped my serve. That’s the kind of reaction I want to see from myself. I didn’t have a letdown.”



Roger Federer Should Be Favorite for U.S. Open Title: Fan's Take (yahoo sports)

Roger Federer is having a very, very good year. As evidenced by his decisive 6-0, 7-6 victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Federer's form is still as sharp as it's been over this entire season. However Federer has found this fountain of youth, he is still managing to draw from it. Considering how well he played today, I can't imagine Federer not being the overwhelming favorite heading into the U.S. Open starting on August 27.

Considering that his personal nemesis, Rafael Nadal, is indefinitely out due to injury, there is no one who is capable of defeating Federer the way he is playing right now. I would have said Djokovic could have given him a run for his money today, but the Serbian looked lethargic and completely uninterested during the first set. How else can you explain getting broken three straight times in a tournament final in the FIRST set? Djokovic finally woke up and managed to hold his serve in the second set and finally provided some decent tennis to watch, but in the end Federer was the one who seemed to want it far more and was able to close it out in a tie-breaker.

I've been worried that Federer's excellent year would ultimately wear him out before the season was over, and I still think that's a concern now that the hardcourt season has started. However, he simply looked years younger out there on the court today. He was moving well, looked fit, but most importantly still exhibiting that ultra-cool confidence that makes his fans love him so much. It helps when you're winning 75% of your service points over an opponent who is supposedly one of the best returners in the game today. Based upon how easily and effortlessly he took care of Djokovic today, I actually believe now that Federer can continue playing like for the rest of the season.

Routing Djokovic, Federer Rolls On (New York Times)

Well over a decade into his career, Roger Federer has achieved the rare sort of successes that surpass even childhood dreams.

“When I was a kid, I wasn’t thinking of winning five Cincinnatis,” Federer said after his semifinal win Saturday over his Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. “But then again, here I am in this great situation being able to do it — the first man ever.”

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09/15/2012 | 12:31 AM
Nice reading! Great all the tournament! GOO ROGER!!! GOO!!!
09/11/2012 | 02:47 PM
way to jinx my man. ug ... I lov3 you Rog! win lose it doesn't change that
08/29/2012 | 04:22 PM
I come here to again read the media excerpts. And I could have said that "I told you so!" All along, I knew, felt, as a fact, that the Roger Federer we have seen through the years is not just a regular champion, but an extraordinary and inimitable one. Something I call a One-Off, a once in time occurrence. This knowledge came from seeing him play, and his approach to the game. He was born inherently greatly gifted, the innate drive, and to which he added the work, and the emotional control.
08/24/2012 | 03:16 PM
Dear Roger, ancora complimenti per la vittoria a Cincinnati. Che tennis, che passione, che emozioni ci hai regalato and now alles gute für US Open.
08/24/2012 | 02:15 PM
08/24/2012 | 02:00 PM
Verdasco, Fish, Simon, Berdych is hard hitting baseline player, it take more energy to beat them from the baseline.. Juan Martin Del Poltro hv left wrist injury, so Djokovic hv benefit from facing Del Potro in QF
08/24/2012 | 01:53 PM
Any player should have a rest day before the final match,regardless of the draw, as is the case in the other three gs tournaments. Why is it different in the U.S. Open? A tournament can start one day earlier.
I do not want to underestimate Juan Martin's victory, but the result might have been different if Roger had a day off before the match.
08/24/2012 | 01:47 PM
I do not think that is hard draw it depends on Roger like cinncy Djoke only had federer in the final with easy draw while fed had a tuffer draw then he won

I do not see dangrous player except Murray in SF but Fed can handle so, if he is strong enough Roger plays better with tuffer draws
08/24/2012 | 01:26 PM
1FED1, Roger loss to Murray at Olympic Final because of Physical. If he have easy match against Del Poltro at SF, Roger hv a chance to beat Murray at Olympic Final.. I know Tennis is quite physical sports, when u tire, u tend hv more errors..
08/24/2012 | 01:24 PM
*Shaochia*: to be honest, I think Murray has the toughest draw; agreed Djokovic (on paper) is possibly the easiest. Like you said, one match at a time. Roger looks so happy, relaxed and energized at the moment and if he can keep energy expended to a minimum in earlier matches (as you suggest; for me, he's looking good.
Rain at the optmimum moment (SF/F) to give a day's rest would certainly help!
So it's bonne chance to our wonderful, gorgeous champ, xxxxx
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