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A highly anticipated final between the World No.1 and World No.2 turned out to be a bit of an anticlimax as the immaculate Swiss could do no wrong on this wonderful afternoon in Mason, Ohio. Roger Federer swept aside the Aussie Open champion Novak Djokovicwith the utmost ease. So majestic was his performance, that it seemed that the Serb was having an off day. Roger smashed 28 winners and made just 18 errors in the match to close it out in just an hour and twenty minutes.
In what were unbelievable scenes here at the Lindner Family Tennis Centre, Federer absolutely destroyed the World No.2. It started with a sloppy game from the Serb with Federer breaking in the very first game to 30. One assumed it was a loosener, and that Djokovic will be back in no time. Alas for it was not to be, Federer continued to rise, while Djokovic appeared to be in limbo and almost in awe of the great champion who held his serve and broke Djokovic on all three occasions to hand the Serb a rare bagel. What illustrates the genius's dominance was the fact that the Swiss Maestro won 25 out of a possible 35, and finished the set in just over 20 minutes.
The second set was a the exact opposite of the first set as the Serb came back fighting. He held on to serve in the first few games and went from strength to strength with one service hold after another. Roger's confidence on the other hand started to shake, but he still held his own serve quite comfortably. In the end, neither player was broken, which took us to the 'penalty shoot out' of tennis – the tie breaker. In it, Federer took the early mini break, but Djokovic cam fighting back and looked to be in the ascendency. It was here, that the Swiss sprung into top gear once more and closed out the set.
The startling statistic of the match was the fact that Novak, who is one of the best returners of serve in our sport never had a break point opportunity in the match.
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