Federer and Djokovic will determine the champion Cincinnati

Doug Mendoza
August 22, 2018

Alexander Zverev of Germany remained in fourth, ahead of fifth-placed Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

After reaching the final five times and losing every time - three to Federer - Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,845 5.

Novak Djokovic of Serbis celebrates his win over Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men´s final of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2018 in Mason, Ohio.

Federer fought back in the second and he broke Djokovic in the second game but his opponent responded by breaking straight back.

He will now look to take his confidence and form into the US Open, having won the last two titles of the Grand Slam.

She'll face Kiki Bertens, who advanced to her first Western & Southern final by wearing down No. 8 Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. In the deciding set, the Serb with the score 1:3 let Cilic back in the game, but in the eighth game made the break and confidently applied for an exit in the ending.

Meanwhile, Djokovic was also impressed with his own performance after managing to break Federer three times throughout the match. Then he watched Roger Federer advance to the finals as well when David Goffin retired in the second set with a shoulder injury. He's the first to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990, something that had become his quest after so many close calls.

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"It's a very special moment", he said. "Hopefully I can get it done this time", he said.

Halep took advantage of the momentum with a break for 3-1 in the second set, only to immediately drop her serve.

Djokovic saved five matches points to seal a 5-7 7-6 (13/11) 6-3 victory over Andy Murray, the man who had beaten him to clinch his first US Open title the previous month.

Still a teenager, Djokovic became the youngest victor of the Miami Masters with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Guillermo Canas.

"Congratulations to Novak", Federer said, "not just for today for his entire career".

The set continued to go on serve and at 3-3 Federer took a 40-0 lead before several uncharacteristic unforced errors at the net and on his backhand wing brought it back to deuce.

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