tennis: special win for new dad federer in cincinnati masters

2009-08-25 00:00

CINCINNATI — Roger Federer claimed his fourth title of the season as the Swiss superstar made final preparations for the upcoming U.S. Open with a 6-1 7-5 thrashing of Novak Djokovic to win the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.

The top seed showed no mercy to his number four rival in a rout lasting 90 minutes. Federer now owns 16 Masters titles, one shy of Andre Agassi’s all-time record.

The title was added to 2009 crowns at the Madrid Masters, French Open and Wimbledon for Federer, who will be bidding for his sixth straight U.S. Open crown next week in New York.

The victory overturned two previous wins for Djokovic this season, in semi-finals at Masters events in Miami and Rome.

“I didn’t start very energetic, and my body language wasn’t anywhere near the way it was last night. I had a late-night finish and a too-early start today,” Djokovic said.

“I found the good pace in the start of the second set. I thought I would be able to hold on, but he just put too much pressure on my service games.”

Federer, his wife Mirka and their month-old twins now head to New York for a week of preparation and promotional appearances before the 28-year-old begins his Grand Slam title defence at the major, which begins on August 31.

“I think that’s the special part, especially winning for the first time as a dad. It’s a great thing,” Federer said.

The trophy was the third for Federer in Cincinnati after winning in 2005 and 2007 — DPA.

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