Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will have to beat Swiss Roger Federer today if he wants to deal with an open account he has in his career: winning the Cincinnati Masters 1000, the only major tournament he could not win so far .
two big will be face to face this afternoon, not before 17 in Buenos Aires (ESPN broadcast),
Djokovic reached the final by defeating the Croatian Marin Cilic in a very controversial game, while Federer had a simpler look when the Belgian David Goffin left his party with a shoulder discomfort when the Swiss 7-6 (7-3) and 1-1.
At the first turn, the Serbian He overcame the non-usual, unusual mistakes he had committed to triumph at 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 32 minutes of a fight that turned out to be very changeable.
It seemed that Cilic, the seventh favorite of the tournament, would be the first to gain some advantage, but the 2014 US Open champion struggled to crystallize the chances it generated. So much so that he only broke three of the 12 occasions he had.
Djokovic, on the other hand, showed his known ability to escape from complicated situations and made better use of his chances. So much so that it broke again that Cilic, despite having four chances less than the Croatian.
After a first set in which the tenth favorite was guided by his opportunism, Cilic seemed to turn the tide when he went 5 – 1 in the second. The 13 Grand Slam champion, however, did not give up and found a break, although he did not manage to come back on the set.
Likewise, the message was sent because the former number one of the world was more aggressive to reach a break at the beginning of the decisive set. Cilic, however, did not give up and recovered the disadvantage of getting 3-3, until Djokovic got a new break that he no longer broke: in his second match point he solved the game and the passage to the final.
Champion Wimbledon in his first great result since the operation in the 2017 elbow, Djokovic is looking for his first title in the US Masters 1000, where he played four finals but could never lift the trophy. It is the only outstanding account in his career because he won at least once the four Grand Slam, the Masters at the end of the season and the other eight Masters 1000 of the calendar.
For number ten of the rankings, which will appear as seventh on Monday and will be sixth if the match wins, it will be the third final of the year, after the title of Wimbledon and the definition lost to Cilic in Queen & # 39 ; s. Moreover, it will be his hundredth final, with 69 trophies.
Later, Federer, number two in the world, was forced by 7-6 (7-3) and 1-1 when Goffin could not complete his turn due to pain in his right shoulder. The Belgian, eleventh favorite, was treated in the area after losing the draw break of the initial set and had many drawbacks at the time of taking.
The only part that could be fully played was very similar, without chances of falling apart. the twelfth game, when Federer had three points on the service of Goffin, but the Belgian raised them to force the tiebreak.
There, the Swiss of Goffin had already been bothered by the first round in his fourth run.
After being served, the world number 11 tried to continue, but his inconvenience to serve prevented him from continuing and he decided to leave.
With his victory, Federer continued for the last 150 of his career, and tomorrow before Djokovic went in search of his title 99, the eighth in Cincinnati's cement. In the Ohio-tournament, the Swiss won the Serbian definitions of 2015, 2012 and 2009.
In addition, the 20 Grand Slam champion for the fourth title of the season, after he won the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Stuttgart. In addition, he reached the finals of Indian Wells and Halle.
Although they played 45 times, with 23 triumphs from Djokovic and 22 from Federer, the final of tomorrow is the first confrontation between the two since January 2016, when the Balkans imposed on the Swiss in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.