In 2004, Andre Agassi claimed the last Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati at age 34. We had to wait 11 years to see another player of that age with the trophy in Ohio. On August 23, 2015, Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-3 in one hour and 31 minutes for his seventh and so far Cincinnati crown, winning it just two weeks after his 34th birthday. Age was no obstacle for the Swiss, who put in a mind-blowing performance to defeat five opponents without losing a service game, including back-to-back victories over return giants Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic! Federer faced just three break points in a single game against Feliciano Lopez, offering no chances to remaining opponents and increasing the pressure on his side of the court. Rivals pushed his serve to just two deuces all week after the incredible numbers on serve. Additionally, an introduced SABR kept Roger’s opponents under constant tension. Novak didn’t stand a chance in the title match despite a solid effort in the first set, experiencing the first loss against Roger after three straight wins. The Serb created no break opportunities for the first time since Doha in January when he faced Karlovic, fending off seven of eight break points offered to Roger to keep in touch before breaking once in the second set. Federer lost just 11 points in ten service games, hitting 32 winners with 23 unforced errors and holding Novak at a 19-22 ratio, which was not enough for at least one set. The Serb had the advantage in the longest rallies with nine shots or more, but there were only 17 of them, as Roger dominated the fastest points up to four shots and mid-range rallies.
Barbara Schett on Roger Federer
Former World No. 7 Barbara Schett believes Novak Djokovic will go down as the best male player in the history of the sport. The Austrian also reckons Roger Federer will not win another Major, while Rafael Nadal might struggle when he returns in 2022. “I think he will finish as the best in history, Schett was quoted as by the Punto de Break website. “Whether you like him or not, it doesn’t matter. If he wins this tournament, he will be the one with the most Grand Slams. I don’t think Federer will win another one. We would be content to see him play again and with Rafa, things are not getting easy either.” Schett believes the youngsters, all aged 25-and-under, can deal some damage over the next fortnight at the US Open. “In order, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Berrettini,” Schett responded when asked to name her favorites for the men’s title after Djokovic. “(Andrey) Rublev is also playing well. I think it will be an exciting tournament. In the last Slams, we’ve already seen Novak deal with the young guys. He handles pressure very well. It’s obvious that during these two weeks he will feel it again, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be human, but he can achieve the four Majors in the same year. It’s a matter of seeing how he handles all that. It will be interesting to watch.”