Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet on Sunday for what promises to be an incredible final at the 2012 Western and Southern Open
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The Western and Southern Open has been one of the standout events of the 2012 season, leaving us with an eagerly anticipated final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The two players are battling for the top spot in the world rankings, making Sunday’s matchup a key clash in the bid to finish the year as the No. 1.
Federer prevailed in a difficult two-setter against his Olympic doubles team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka in the final four, clinching a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory. The win means that Federer will enter the US Open as the world No. 1.
“The goal has already been achieved by getting back there,” said Federer. “I have to look at the long term, and I would like to stay around for as long as I can. For that reason I have to peace myself at times, but I'm happy I'm playing so well again right off the bat again here in the States. Obviously I hope I can keep it up tomorrow and then also in New York.”
“I'm happy with how I'm playing,” added Federer. “I could have served a bit better to keep me out of a bit more trouble on my own serve. Then again, I only had to save a couple of break points. Overall I'm actually pretty happy.”
Federer’s title hopes in Cincinnati rest upon a final matchup against Novak Djokovic, a man who is arguably the best player in professional tennis, regardless of ranking. The Serb avenged his Olympic bronze medal match loss against Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday by beating the Argentine 6-3, 6-2.
“[I] try to step into the court and take my chances. It's what I have been trying to do in last couple of years,” remarked the man known as the Serbinator. “Obviously sometimes it works, sometimes not, but it's been working quite often for me actually in last two weeks. I'm happy for that. When you are in the situation of break point down, it makes you focus more and makes you be more aggressive. So that's something that I always look forward to.”
Federer holds a 15-12 head to head record against Djokovic, having snapped a three match losing streak against him in the semi-finals of Wimbledon this year. On the hard courts of Cincinnati it’s hard to tell who will have the upper hand. It looks like we’re in for an incredible final.