Sunday, August 22, 2010

Federer Fries Fish; Wins 4th Cincy Crown

Just goes to show you what a well-rested Roger Federer can achieve, right?

The 16-time Grand Slam champion ended a 7-month winless streak when he defended his Cincinnati Masters title with a tough 3-set win over Mardy Fish. Fish played incredibly to take the first set 7-6 (5), holding serve consistently before cracking the Swiss late in the breaker. Federer rebounded to take the second set by the same score, and continued his momentum into the decider, winning it 6-4 to capture his 4th title at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

The American played the tennis of his life to get to the championship match, derailing Fernando Verdasco, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick en route to his encounter with Federer. Roger, on the other hand, spent significantly less time on court, playing for just 3 hours and 17 minutes before the final match, which lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.
“It’s nice knowing that the hard work already in the off season after Wimbledon pays off right away," said Federer, who, with the win, returned to number 2 in the world. The hard work has payed off for Fish, as well, as the 28-year old lost 30 pounds and started a new fitness regime last fall. Since July, he is 17-2, with titles in Atlanta and Newport. Hopefully, Mardy hasn't peaked to early, and will make some noise at the US Open.

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