Roger Federer and Elena Dementieva had similar storylines that went along with their incredible performances in Cincinnati and Toronto this week. In the semis, both players emerged victorious against previous conquerors. Federer battled past Andy Murray, who the Swiss had lost to the previous 4 times, and Dementieva beat Serena Williams, who ended Elena's Wimbledon run in the semifinals. In the finals, the two champions played their best to take out Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova, stars that had incredible openings to 2008, but have since failed to play their best. Federer played, in my opinion some of his best tennis of the year in the first set, winning it 6-1. In the second, Nole raised his level and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Federer won 7 of the next 9 games, saving multiple set points, to win his 16th career Masters event. Dementieva, arguably one of the best players you'll find who hasn't won a major, cruised past her compatriot, taking the championship (and gaining a sizeable lead over the rest of the WTA in the U.S. Open Series standings) 6-4, 6-3.
Men's Singles- Finals
Women's Singles- Finals