©photo credit:Philip Ip
Roger Federer won his 4th Cincinnati Open singles championship and his 17th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament against wild card Mardy Fish in 3 tight sets 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-4. The 29 year old Federer won his first Masters 1000 tournament this year and in fact his first since he won Cincinnati last year. The 1.85m Swiss is now equal with Andre Agassi and one major title behind World No.1 Rafael Nadal who has 18 Masters 1000 titles.
The 28 year old Fish has lost 13.5 kilograms in the past 10 months and is reaping the rewards with his recent performances. The 1.88m American has won 2 titles back-to-back in 2010 (Newport and Atlanta) and has now been a runner-up twice as well (also at Queens Club). Fish jumped from World No.36 with his Cincinnati performance to No.21 as of today, so will be seeded at the US Open next week.
After becoming a runner-up for the 3rd time in his career in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event Fish said, “I feel great. I’ve done some things that I’ve never done before. I’ll be able to put this match in perspective very shortly. It’s a great tournament. It’s as well as I’ve played. I played well today; he played well today. It was a pretty high level, I thought, for the most part.”
Pictured above is Federer during the 2010 Rogers Cup in Toronto finishing this single handed backhand drive after having already made contact with the ball. Federer will go into the US Open as the favourite being the form player during the American hard court season, with his Cincinnati title and his runner-up result in Toronto.
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