Roger Federer cemented his position as the form player heading into the final tennis grand slam event of the year, the US Open, with a stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Cincinnati Masters.
The Swiss ace won 7-6, 6-3 to claim his seventh Cincinnati title and secure the number two seed spot for the US Open. This ensures he will avoid Djokovic in the draw up until the final – making him a great each way bet to lift his sixth US open crown and seventeenth grand slam trophy overall.
Having beaten Andy Murray in the semi-final here, and destroyed him in the last four at Wimbledon, Federer can also claim a great record over Djokovic having won 21 of their 40 previous encounters.
“We really get the best out of each other,” Federer said after the final. “We have improved a lot playing against each other over the years.
The bookmakers have since slashed his odds to 5.5 to win at Flushing Meadows, although should he receive a favourable draw an each way bet (which would pay out at just over 2.00) just for reaching the final looks great value.
Either way, the men’s draw looks jam-packed with intrigue and excitement.
Over on the WTA side of the draw and it was business as usual for Serena Williams, who claimed another title in what has been a silverware-laden season with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Simona Halep in Cincinnati.
It was the second successive tournament win in Cincinnati for Williams, and an incredible 69th singles title of her career.
“Thanks to Simona for playing such a great match,” Williams said after the final. “I don’t get great support everywhere I play, but I get so much love here I want to keep coming back.”
The youngest of the Williams sisters will now have her eyes set on a seventh US Open crown, and having won the famous event at Flushing Meadows for the past three years running it would take a brave punter to bet against her making it four in a row.
Her odds of 2.00 are quite prohibitive however, so instead back Halep each way at 13.00. She is the number two seed and will thus avoid playing Williams until the final, and you will receive a pay-out even if Halep goes on to lose in the final.
By: Craig Simpkin