August 20, 2018 -- Cincinnati, Ohio
After fending off fellow Swiss player, Stan Wawrinka, Roger found himself head to head against David Goffin in the semifinals of the Western and Southern Open. Having played two matches the previous day, Roger found his time on the court cut short due to an injury sidelining his opponent. He was able to hold serve and battle to a first set tiebreaker which he took swiftly before the Belgian retired at 1-1 in the second with a shoulder injury. The 7-6(3), 1-1 win put Roger straight in the finals to face Novak Djokovic for the Masters 1000 title.
Not having dropped a game on his serve, Roger took the court against Djokovic for the 46th time in his career on Sunday. Roger went into the match looking to win his 8th title in Cincinnati, his 28th Masters 1000 title, as well as his 99th overall ATP Title while the Serbian was looking to be the first player to capture a "Golden Masters" winning all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.
Despite his ATP ranking of 10, Djokovic looked to be in fighting shape and broke Roger for the first time the whole tournament at 4-3 in the first and that was all he needed to capture the first set. Breaking back early in the second, Roger looked to be eager to push the match to three until Novak fought to break back at 2-2. Earning another decisive break at 4-3, Djokovic looked to be too strong and captured the title, 6-4, 6-4.
Roger will be back on the court in New York at the end of August for the US Open.