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Federer clinches the title

Cincinnati: Top-ranked Roger Federer won a record fifth Cincinnati title on Sunday, dominating second-ranked Novak Djokovic from the outset of a 6-0, 7-6 (7) win for the ATP Cincinnati Masters, on Sunday.

This is the first time in the tournament’s history that the top two played for the title. From the start, it was no match.

Federer improved to 5-0 in Cincinnati finals and tied Rafael Nadal for the most Masters titles with 21. Nadal dropped out of the tournament with a sore knee that has sidelined him indefinitely.

“A record break — always something special when that happens,” Federer said.

Djokovic won the Rogers Cup in Toronto last Sunday and was trying for his first win in Cincinnati, where he reached the finals last year but had to quit the title match against Andy Murray because of a sore shoulder. He seemed to be running on fumes in his second final in two weeks.

“I had a fantastic week in Toronto,” Djokovic said. “I came in here and didn’t really expect to get this far, get all the way to the title.”

Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have earned a chance to win their second title of the season by reaching the summit clash with a straight sets win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo.

The sixth seed Indian pair recorded a 6-4, 6-3 win over their rivals in the semi-finals of the $2,825,280 hard court event. They will now fight it out with fourth seeded pair of Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Romania’s Horia Tecau.