Roger Federer won his 6th title at the Western and Southern Open in Ohio, beating David Ferrer of Spain, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. The win was his 80th career title, but his first at the Masters 1000 level since his last win here in 2012, thus ending a bit of a drought for the 17-time Slam winner in important tournaments.
Federer broke Ferrer, who has never beaten him, in the 8th game of the first set, when the Spaniard double-faulted. In the second set, Ferrer survived a long game on his serve where the Swiss had multiple break point chances. Federer’s subsequent service game also went very long, and Ferrer broke through. It seemed that the late semi-final match of the night before may have taken its toll on Federer, who only finally held serve at 0-5. Ferrer served the set out at 5-1.
In the fourth game of the deciding set, Federer broke Ferrer, and broke him again in the last game, to win the set and the championship.
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