cincinnati18djokovic_federer

cincinnati18djokovic_federer

Points won by each set: [ 32-27, 39-32 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
47 % Djokovic – 25 of 53
31 % Federer – 24 of 77

Their fourth Cincy final, each of them separated by three years! Federer [2] won quickly the first three, but this time Djokovic [10] was a superior player. It’s amazing how poorly Federer was returning. Nevertheless he managed to break the Serb to lead *2:0 in the 2nd set, then at 0/15 he played quite strange point (combination of low drive-volley/overhead/bizarre no-man’s land shot) and lost his chance to turn the tables. Djokovic becomes the first man to win all Masters 1K titles in singles, following three doubles specialists (Daniel Nestor & the Bryan brothers). “It’s much easier said than done when you’re playing Roger, especially in these conditions where he loves playing here. Everything happens really, really fast and there is not much time to think or to construct the points, so you really need to be alert all the time, especially against him.” said the former No. 1 in the world, now the main favorite to win the US Open ’18. He leads 24:22 in his amazing rivalry against Federer (27:25 vs Nadal!).

Djokovic’s route to his 70th title:
1 Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6(4)
2 Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
3 Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Q Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
S Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
W Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4

Due to persistent rain both Djokovic & Federer won two matches (third round & quarterfinal) on Friday. Federer played two full matches that day while Djokovic began his match vs Dimitrov on Thursday, trailing 2-6 *1:3, and the match was suspended as he was leading *2:1 in the 3rd set. He also came back from a break down (1:2) in the 3rd set of his quarterfinal match

Djokovic’s golden M1K (31 titles):
5 – Indian Wells: 2008, 11, 14-16
6 – Miami: 2007, 11-12, 14-16
2 – Monte Carlo: 2013, 15
2 – Madrid: 2011, 16
4 – Rome: 2008, 11, 14-15
4 – Canadian Open: 2007, 11-12, 16
1 – Cincinnati: 2018
3 – Shanghai: 2012-13, 15
4 – Paris: 2009, 13-15

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