Federer Looks for Seventh Title
By Amanda Pruitt
Six-time Western & Southern Open champion Roger Federer will bid for his seventh career title here Sunday against Novak Djokovic.
Federer earned a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory in Saturday’s semifinals to advance, outlasting Andy Murray in the 25th meeting between the two players.
Federer broke Murray’s serve in the third game of the match and held serve the rest of the way to take the set 6-4.
In the second set, Murray fought off the only break point he faced, and the match went into a second-set tiebreaker. Federer jumped out to a 3-1 lead but Murray got back on serve and eventually fought off one break point to tie the match at 6-6.
With a drop shot off the return, Federer hit a lob that Murray scrambled to get back into the court and followed that with a volley putaway to set up match point on his serve. Federer took advantage of the opportunity and took the tiebreaker and match 8-6.
Federer did not face a break point all match. He has not had his service broken the entire tournament.
Murray produced a fairly clean slate serving as well with nine aces and no double faults. Coming off his singles title in Toronto the week before, he bid came up a couple matches short of becoming the seventh player to sweep the Canada and Cincinnati Masters.
Federer has won six titles here since 2005, but just two have come consecutively (2009, 2010). He will try to go back-to-back again Sunday … Federer is now 8-2 in tiebreak sets against Murray … Federer has won four titles (Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle) and has made three additional finals this year (Indian Wells, Rome, Wimbledon). The three final losses have come against Djokovic. … If Federer takes the title, he will regain his No. 2 world ranking and been seeded second at the US Open.