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Federer vs Djokovic ATP Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - Federer targets eighth Cincinnati crown; Djokovic attempts to make history

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Aug 2018
  • Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic is live from Cincinnati at 4.00pm local time on Sunday (9.00pm BST)
  • Djokovic leads their head-to-head 23-22, but Federer has won all three of their Cincinnati final meetings
Roger Federer (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Roger Federer goes in search of his eighth Cincinnati Masters crown and in turn aims to deny Novak Djokovic a complete Golden Masters set when the two legends face off for the 46th time in the Western & Southern Open final on Sunday.

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It’s been over two years since we’ve seen Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic, but the wait is over as the two tennis titans clash in a heavyweight 2018 Cincinnati Masters final on Sunday. Indeed, after playing eight times over the course of the 2015 season, Federer and Djokovic have only played once since - and that came at the very start of 2016 in the Australian Open semi-finals. Of course injuries have played their part - Federer missed most of 2016 with a knee injury and Djokovic was out for half of 2017 with a wrist issue, however the pair are back, fit and firing as they write another chapter in their glorious rivalry on Sunday in Cincinnati. Djokovic leads their head-to-head 23-22, but Federer has beaten him in all three of their meetings in Cincinnati finals - will it be another victory for the Swiss or can the Serbian make history and become the first man to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 titles?

Unbeaten at the Cincinnati Masters since 2013 after winning the title in 2014 and 2015 and missing the last two editions through injury, few players have dominated a Masters 1000 tournament like Federer has at the Western & Southern Open throughout his career. The 37-year-old is a flawless 7-0 in finals at the tournament, winning his first Cincinnati title in 2005 with a win over Andy Roddick in the final, while he also secured the silverware in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 in addition to his last two in 2014 and 2015 for an overall record of 46-8 at the event. Federer beat Djokovic in the 2009, 2012 and 2015 finals - can he do it for the fourth time in 2018?

Currently 33-4 for the season, it’s been somewhat of a strange season for Federer since he successfully defended his Australian Open title at the start of the season. Of course it was always going to bear near-impossible for Federer to replicate his extraordinary 2017 resurgence in which he won the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle, Wimbledon, Shanghai and Basel, but ever since Melbourne the Swiss has looked beatable, losing to Juan Martin del Potro in Indian Wells, Thanasi Kokkinakis in Miami, Borna Coric in Halle and Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon.


It’s safe to say Federer hasn’t produced his cleanest or most polished tennis throughout this week in Cincinnati either. He did what he needed to do in straight sets wins over Peter Gojowczyk and Leonardo Mayer to reach the quarter-finals, but he was pushed all the way by compatriot Stan Wawrinka before edging out a second set tiebreak and finishing strongly for a 6-7(2) 7-6(6) 6-2 victory. However, he was only a couple of points away from defeat, while Federer also benefitted from a David Goffin retirement in the semi-finals on Saturday night and failed to break the Belgian despite Goffin serving with an injured shoulder until pulling the plug down 6-7(3) 1-1. For me, Federer hasn’t been entirely convincing, but the fact he’s made it into the final playing well below his best is fearsome all the same.


(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Djokovic has done things the hard way in order to return to the Cincinnati Masters final this week, registering four deciding-set victories after straight sets Round 1 win over Steve Johnson. Djokovic dropped the opening set in both of his wins over Adrian Mannarino and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov before edging out the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to make the semi-finals. Marin Cilic, the man who beat him in the Queen’s Club final earlier this season, was waiting in the final four, but Djokovic was able to avenge that loss over the Croatian and advance into his sixth Cincinnati final.

As we know, Djokovic hasn’t been able to win any of his five Cincinnati finals. He’s lost twice to Andy Murray and three times to Federer over the course of his career and is one of just three players in the Open Era to have lost five finals at a single tournament without winning, joining Murray at the Australian Open and Rafael Nadal in Miami. Ever since securing the 2013 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title, Djokovic has had the opportunity to become the first man in history to win all nine Masters 1000 crowns, but he’s come up agonisingly short multiple times in Cincinnati - is this finally the moment for the Serbian to complete his Golden Masters set?

It didn’t look likely as Djokovic shut down his 2017 season with a wrist injury after Wimbledon and returned with a shaky 6-6 start across his first few tournaments in 2018, but the 31-year-old has been on a roll over the last couple of months, winning 25 of his last 29 matches, including reaching the semi-finals of Rome, the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, the final of Queen’s Club and of course winning his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, where he beat Rafael Nadal in a five-set epic in the semi-finals before taking down Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the final. Stefanos Tsitsipas had his number in Toronto last week, but Djokovic has fought his way through a tough draw to make it back to the Cincinnati final this week - does he start favourite for the title on Sunday?

For me, I think he has the slight edge. As I mentioned, Federer hasn’t been that convincing this week and hasn’t really been forced into that much of a battle apart from his Wawrinka escape. Djokovic meanwhile has come through the other side of multiple big tests and has played himself into better form as a result. Of course Federer has defeated him in three previous Cincinnati finals, but it’s been a long time since that last victory in 2015. I believe Djokovic will be too solid, get more balls back into play and be more of a threat on return than any of Federer’s other opponents this week. The chance is there for Djokovic to secure the Golden Masters on Sunday - can he take it?


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Federer vs Djokovic ATP Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - Federer targets eighth Cincinnati crown; Djokovic attempts to make history

Roger Federer goes in search of his eighth Cincinnati Masters crown and in turn aims to deny Novak Djokovic a complete Golden Masters set when the two legends face off for the 46th time in the Western & Southern Open final on Sunday.

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