Federer, Djokovic to meet in Cincinnati final

World No. 1 Roger Federer and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic booked a showdown in Sunday's final at the ATP Cincinnati Masters with straight set semi-final triumphs on Saturday.

Top seed Federer beat his friend and Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, while Djokovic, who quit last year's final against Andy Murray with a shoulder problem, advanced by defeating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-2.

"It will come down to a few points against Novak," Federer said. "I'll have to play my game and not worry about what he might be doing, especially on break points."

"I missed break points in the Olympic final (against Murray) and I can't do that against him. Novak plays aggressive. He doesn't just push the ball. Novak is amazing on hard court."

"This is a final to look forward to."

It's the first time the world's two top-rated players, neither of whom has dropped a set all week, have met in a Cincinnati final.

It comes in the last tuneup match for Federer and reigning US Open champion Djokivic ahead of the start of this year's US Open on August 27.

Federer's run to the final means he will stay atop the ATP rankings through the end of the US Open.

The Swiss is chasing his fifth title at Cincinnati following triumphs in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. He is looking to add to season crowns at Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Madrid, Rotterdam and Dubai. He and Djokovic last met in a Wimbledon semi-final, which the Swiss won on the way to capturing the grass-court Grand Slam title.

Federer leads Djokovic 15-12.

Federer needed seven set points to lift an opener lasting almost an hour against Wawrinka, his friend and practice partner who has recently been lent the services of one of Federer's coaches.

But friendship aside, the top seed was ruthless at the end as he shut down Wawrinka as the challenger ended on a double-fault on match point, Federer improving to 55-7 on the season with his 11th win in 12 matches with Wawrinka.

"I had to play great match to beat Stan," Federer said. "He was playing well."

Date: 18th August 2012, Source: AFP


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