Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Djokovic clinches career golden Masters

Djokovic clinches career golden Masters

Djokovic had been runner-up five times in the prestigious hard-court event, but was not to be denied by his old foe Federer, winning 6-4 6-4 with a commanding display in the first meeting between the old foes since the 2016 Australian Open semi-final.

If Djokovic lifts the title, he will be the first-ever man to win all nine Masters titles.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic had lost the Cincinnati final to the Swiss on three previous occasions.

Djokovic applied the pressure in the opening game of the match, but second seed Federer saved two break points after being forced back as his rival found his range immediately.

With his win, the Serbian Djokovic becomes the first singles player to win all nine Masters 1000 tournaments, a feat otherwise known as achieving the Career Golden Masters.

"This is a dream come true", Djokovic said.

"The rain made things tough this week, so it´s great to see the sun today".

Aug 19, 2018; Mason, OH, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) serves against Novak Djokovic (SRB) during the finals in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

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"This is about him making history".

A double fault from Djokovic gifted Federer a 2-0 lead in the second, but he failed to consolidate, charging in to steer a forehand wide.

"Novak totally deserved to win today".

Djokovic will now look to take his form into the US Open, which starts on 27 August, having previously won two titles at Flushing Meadows.

"Wonderful feeling" The Serb now leads Federer 24-22 and has won their last three encounters.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic claimed his Masters record on his first match point and now heads to the US Open as a title favorite after a string of sub-par seasons and an elbow injury which required surgery.

World number 10 Djokovic eventually broke his opponent's serve for 4-3 before holding to win the opening set.

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