Djoko eyes history in final against Federer
World number one Novak Djokovic will be aiming for a slice of ATP history on Sunday when he takes on six-time champion Roger Federer in the ATP Cincinnati Masters final.
Djokovic battled back to beat Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Saturday to set up his 41st career meeting with Federer -- who dispatched last week’s Montreal winner Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (8/6). Djokovic, seeking a 20th ATP Masters 1000 title, will try to claim his first trophy on the <g data-gr-id="15">hardcourts</g> of Cincinnati after losing in the final four times.
With a <g data-gr-id="18">win</g> he’d become the first player to triumph in all nine of the ATP’s elite Masters 1000 events -- a feat that Federer said would be “quite unbelievable.”
“I gave myself another chance to fight for the trophy,” Djokovic said. “That was the goal and that was the wish coming here in Cincinnati.
“Obviously the last couple of years it was always in the back of my mind, the potential history making, and obviously that motivates me even more.