Cincinnati Masters: Federer, Djokovic to battle it out in finale
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will face each other in the final of the Cincinnati Masters. Both players have won one Grand Slam each this year and it promises to be an enticing battle. Djokovic has a prize in mind and that is winning all nine of Masters 1000 tournaments. Can he get past a confident Federer? Here's our pre-match report.
Novak battles past Cilic to reach finale
Djokovic surged past Croatia's Marin Cilic in a three-set duel 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Djokovic leads the overall head-to-head battles against Federer with a 23-22 margin. But the Swiss maestro has beaten the Serb in three Cincinnati finals earlier. Novak stated that he is aware of the historic feat which he could achieve and the same motivates him even more.
Federer eyes history after Goffin retires in semis
Federer will be eyeing an eighth Cincinnati title when he faces Djoker in the final. The Swiss ace was leading 7-6, 1-1 before his opponent, David Goffin, retired due to an injury. This is his 150th career finale and that's a historic moment for the veteran player. He has won 98 finals out of 149. Federer is looking to push for his 99th honor.
Men's final is set
The Men's Final is SET:— Western Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 19, 2018
World No.2 Roger Federer versus No.10 Novak Djokovic.
Who will claim the coveted crown? pic.twitter.com/iaqiXWHcSZ
Timing, TV listing of men's finale
One can watch the match live on the Sony Ten Network. The match will start at 1:30 AM IST and can also be streamed on the Sony LIV app.