Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer for 1st Cincinnati Open title

David Goffin

The 31-year-old Serb, a five-time runner-up at the event, beat seven-time champion Federer 6-4 6-4.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic became the first player to win all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments with victory over Roger Federer in Cincinnati. That first Rookwood pottery trophy will be enough.

After reaching the final five times and losing every time - three to Federer - Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough.

"Congratulations to Novak", Federer said, "not just for today for his entire career". 'He's the first to do it.

"Thanks for letting me win here once", Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation.

Djokovic leads their all-time series 24-22 and has done much better in the biggest matches.

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Djokovic completed a long comeback from elbow problems by winning his fourth Wimbledon title last month, then set out to get his hard-court game in order for the U.S. Open. Djokovic played a great tennis from the beginning to the end, showing to be in a very good physical shape despite he had three tough three-sets matches against the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the Canadian Milos Raonic and the Croatian Marin Cilic.

'This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level, ' he said. However, Novak broke straightaway in the third game, and then again on 3-all, recovering from a 40-0 disadvantage on Federer's serve.

Djokovic took advantage for a 5-3 lead and closed out the set after 37 minutes.

In the second game of the second set on serve Djokovic was leading 40-15 and lost the following four points to get broken by Federer. Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily.

But it began to unravel as the Swiss double-faulted to yield a break point, dropping serve as Djokovic moved ahead 4-3.

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