Roger Federer made history in Cincinnati yesterday, winning the Western & Southern Open against David Ferrer in three sets marking his 80th career title.
Federer had some shaky moments throughout the match - especially in the second set - but was a level higher than Ferrer to win the title 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
It is the sixth time that the Swiss man has picked up the Cincinnati Masters title, he previously won in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005 and now 2014. It is the first time Federer has picked up a Masters title since the Swiss' Cincinnati Masters victory in 2012 against Novak Djokovic.
Federer overcame the Spaniard in 1 hour and 42 minutes, making the head-to-head record 16-0 in the 33-year-old's favour.
In the opening set, both the world number three and number six were on top of their game at 3-3 until Federer broke in the eighth game thanks to Ferrer creating two double faults that ended the first set with Federer winning on serve. It took the former world number one half an hour to seal the opening set.
The opening game of the second set was close to another break of serve from the Swiss maestro, but Ferrer held onto his nerves to win the it after four break points were on offer.
Ferrer went onto stun the match favourite by breaking serve twice in a row to lead the second set 5-0. The 2013 French Open finalist was close to winning a love set but it was not enough to avoid the match from entering the third and deciding set.
Federer got himself motivated again from the word go in the final set after a crucial drinks break.
The five-time Cincinnati Masters champion went in for the first break point of the last set in the fourth game, then to break in the final game of the Championship.
It was the first time in the ATP World Tour history that the two finalists at the Masters were over 30-years-old.
The victory in Cincinnati will give Federer a big boost and a good chance of having his name engraved on the US Open trophy, as the final Grand Slam of the year begins in New York next Monday (25 August).
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