Federer gunning for 18th Grand Slam title after Cincinnati triumph

Roger Federer will be confident of doing well at the US Open after defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to claim the Cincinnati Masters title yesterday.

The Swiss star hasn’t been at his level best this year, and even lost the Wimbledon final to Djokovic rather easily. But he was incredibly aggresive against the Serb on Sunday, winning the first set 7-6, before claiming the second one 6-3.

Federer was visibly delighted with the title triumph, though he remains focused on winning his 18th major title, when the US Open gets underway.

“I’m not going to play the way they like it,” he said. “I’ll always come out and make it an athletic match or make it uncomfortable in the sense that they don’t know what’s coming. You can’t always do it. Some surfaces allow you to do it better than others, but this week it worked out well.

“Let’s be honest, I didn’t do it on every single second serve, but I was very aggressive. I am happy to see that it’s also a way forward for me because, for quite a long time in my career, I was very content to chip it and be aggressive with the forehand. I’m doing different things now on the backhand.”

Djokovic on the other hand, was frustrated with the defeat, though he claims that playing in New York will be a little easier for his style.

“I’m still not very happy with my form and my game but I have a week to work on it. Conditions in New York suit me a little bit better,” the reigning Wimbledon champion said.

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