# Fish lost five big finals in his career, always in deciding sets, twice in Cincinnati, and on both occasions he was very close to get the title. In the opener he survived a 14-minute game at 1-all (9 deuces, saved two break points), then he fought off mini-set points at 4-all and 5-all with aces, in the tie-break Federer  led 5:4. There was 2-all in the 2nd set when Fish had his only BP opportunity, but missed his usually non-reliable forehand. The American led 4:3 (30-all) in the decider, the third tie-break was on the horizon, but in the following game he stumbled, hit the floor with his knee, and perhaps it made an impact on the only break of the match. “It was a perfect match for both of us,” Federer told reporters. “But only one can win it. Mardy played fantastic.” When they played their previous final, six years before in Halle, Federer surprisingly trashed Fish, who was at the time considered as one of the best servers on the tour (later on during his career he made his game more complex).
Federer’s route to his 63rd title:
2 Denis Istomin 5-2 ret.
3 Philipp Kohlschreiber w/o
Q Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 7-5
S Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-3
W Mardy Fish 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-4
# Comparison of Fish’s two Cincy lost finals:
2003: Roddick d. Fish 4-6, 7-6, 7-6… 2 hours 29 minutes… Total points: 125-117… 1 m.p.
2010: Federer d. Fish 6-7, 7-6, 6-4… 2 hours 40 minutes… Total points: 125-113… 6 points away
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