Roger Federer bounced back from his Olympic final defeat in sensational style by comfortably seeing off Novak Djokovic to win the Western & Southern Open title.
The world number one was beaten in straight sets by Andy Murray on the Wimbledon grass at London 2012, with the Scot avenging his loss in the final at SW19 to the Swiss four weeks earlier.
But Federer has shown no signs of self-pity this week and brushed aside world number two Djokovic 6-0 7-6 (9/7) in 80 minutes to collect his fifth Cincinnati trophy and his 21st Masters 1000 crown – equalling Rafael Nadal’s record.
Neither player had dropped serve all week but Djokovic started sloppily, with Federer breaking in the opening game.
Djokovic, who earned quick revenge for his Olympic defeat to Juan Martin del Potro with a 6-3 6-2 success yesterday, could not recover and Federer broke twice more to surprisingly wrap up the opening set in convincing fashion after just 20 minutes.
Federer was in opportunistic mood, converting three of four break-point chances although Djokovic only put 50% of his first serves in play and aided his opponent’s cause with four double faults.
It was the first time Federer had “bagelled” the Australian Open champion and perhaps stung into action, Djokovic looked a lot more comfortable in a tighter second set, where there were no break point opportunities for either player.
In the tie-break, the 25-year-old Serb held set point at 7-6 but it was ruthlessly wiped out by some attacking play at the net from Federer, who then closed out the match with two spectacular forehand winners.