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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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08/22/2012 | 03:41 AM
Amazing Roger !!!! Thank you. May God bless you with a victory at the US OPEN.
I keep on watching your last match over and over and over. It is so exhilarating. Your footwork is a dream, like everything else!!!!! A pleasure!! pure pleasure !!!
Love you always,
08/21/2012 | 11:13 PM
08/21/2012 | 11:11 PM
All these records, all these reports! We're privileged indeed to you know, dear Roger. Good luck in the USO - it's for you of course. Much love to you and all your dear family.
08/21/2012 | 07:45 PM
..all the best Roger, congratulations !
08/21/2012 | 07:31 PM
it is true. We all love Roger's ultra-cool confidence
08/21/2012 | 05:45 PM
thanks TGRACE!
08/21/2012 | 05:40 PM
In tennis . Nobody compare to you Mestro
08/21/2012 | 02:18 PM
Roger although I was sad that you didn't come to Canada. I am happy that you took that break and some good rest. You needed it very badly. You will succeed in NY as well. All of your fans are going to be there for you. Alles alles gute.
08/21/2012 | 01:54 PM
I do hope Rafa makes a speedy recovery, but it is clear that constantly having to play Rafa and Novak back to back at almost every outing is a big ask for anyone. It also proves when you are fit, rested and playing at the top of your game, you can topple the supposed greatest returner and hardcourt player. I can't get over it - 60 in 20 minutes. Novak keeps talking about NY and a slow court being best for his game - well, he has one obstacle - Roger Federer.
08/21/2012 | 01:50 PM
I am over the moon for you! CBS preempted the match in Baltimore for baseball so I had to watch scores on computer. When I couldn't find it on any of the networks I looked on ATP and saw you had won the first set 60 in 20 minutes. I started screaming and weeping and much jumping up and down. Bravo. I am getting a DVD. After your interviews I started dreaming about Marco Chiudinelli - I wonder why. Not an easy name to forget. Go get em in NY.