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Cincinnati Masters: Federer, Djokovic Renew Rivalry

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will renew their rivalry in the final of the Cincinnati Masters for a 45th meeting on Sunday night.

Both players won their respective semifinal clashes to setup another clash between the former World number one players.

Djokovic leads Federer 23 to 22 from their previous duels but the Swiss legend has won all their three final meetings at the tournament.

Serbian Djokovic saw off Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4 3-6 6-3 in his semi-final in two hours and 32 minutes, while Federer was leading Belgian star David Goffin 7-6 (7-3) 1-1 before his opponent retired with an injury.

Ahead of the final, world number two Federer said: “This is a big match.”

“We’re all a bit mentally and maybe physically tired – but I’m looking forward to this final. There’s also a lot at stake for me. I’m going for my 99th title.

“I’m tired. I’m going to recover for tomorrow and hopefully be in better shape.” He concluded.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is looking for a 99th title in his 150th final.

The 37-y is also chasing an eighth Cincinnati Masters title.

On his part, world number ten Djokovic could be the first player to win all the nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.

On making history, the 31-year-old Wimbledon Open said: “Obviously this time I’m hoping that I can get my hands on the trophy.”

“History is also on the line and I’m aware of that and that motivates me even more.” He concluded.

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