Novak Djokovic was finally able to win the tournament that he resisted by defeating his arch enemy Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters.
The Serbian used a nostalgic duel – they had not faced each other for two years because of injuries to both – and were able to win a tournament in which the Swiss won the title seven times, without losing a single game.
After a return from Federer went out, Djokovic lifted his arms and shouted. He jumped, hit the air, handed his racket to an amateur and threw his wristbands on the stage.
The winner became the first player to add all nine Masters 1000 tournaments since the series was launched in 1990. It was his obsession after losing five finals in the contest in the city of Ohio, three against Federer.
Moreover, Djokovic leads the history between the two with 24-22, and marks the step in the definitions. He is 3-1 against Federer in Grand Slam finals and 12-6 in championship matches, including victories at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015.
The Serbian completed a long comeback after an operation on his elbow when he won his fourth Wimbledon title last month. He is tuned to his play on hard jobs to prepare for the US Open. Djokovic improved in Cincinnati during the week and showed his best level at the end.
Federer's serving had been untouchable throughout the week – it was kept for 46 consecutive games. Djokovic broke who served to become 4-3 in the first set and caused Federer to mumble angrily. The Serb defended his service during the set and exchanged at the start of the second break.
Federer could not get into the rhythm, with 28 unforced errors, and Djokovic made the best of it. He broke it again to settle 4-3 and again defended his service.
In the ladies' draw, world champion Simona Halep launched a championship point in the playoff of the second set and the Dutch Kiki Bertens eventually won the title.
Up to a point of another loss, Bertens achieved his biggest victory, a victory that left her just like everyone else.
"I can not find the words to describe this moment," said the Dutch.
In his first final in court, Bertens, a specialist in clay, ended the Romanian match game with nine games, including the Montreal title a week earlier.
Halep remains in first place in the WTA-stand for the US Open, but is 0-3 in the final of Cincinnati.
"I had a championship point, so I was there," said the best tennis player today. "I did not take my chance, it was empty in the third set and I could not fight anymore."