Roger Federer captured Cincinnati’s fourth title in one of the toughest challenges of his successful 2010 campaigns in Ohio. He defeated Roger Mardy Fish 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 40 minutes to lift the trophy. This was Roger’s second title of the season after the Australian Open.
He had lost some tough encounters in the previous months, including defeat in the quarter-finals to Robin Soderling and Thomas Berdych at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. After this Cincinnati victory, Roger’s year turned in a more positive direction.
He reached the semi-finals of the US Open and won in Stockholm, Basel, and the ATP Finals for the year-end. 2 spot. The Swiss national team played three matches before the final. Two of those encounters were complete, with Denis Istomin retiring in the opening set and Philip Kohlschreiber withdrawing due to injury.
However, Federer needed everything he had in his arsenal to come out as a winner against Mardy. The American was expelled for the sixth time in seven meetings after losing the previous meeting in Indian Wells 2008 in consecutive rounds.
Roger’s 63rd ATP title brought him closer to Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras. Also, Andre Agassi’s record tied 17 titles for the Masters 1000 and stood one behind captain Rafael Nadal. The American fired 17 aces after landing only 56% of the first serve.
He saved four out of five break points to keep in touch with a multi-champion. Federer was a better player on the first and second serve. He defended the only break point offered to Fish and won a late break in the ninth game of the season that secured Ohio’s fourth title in the past six years.
Both players made more unintended mistakes than the winners. Roger was a more aggressive character on the field, shooting more direct points and rushing into the net more than Mardy.
Roger Federer earned his fourth Cincinnati title in 2010 on the Mardi Fish.
The American made little progress in the shortest rally thanks to his sending.
However, Federer took victory in the mid-range exchanges, making it more efficient to cross the finish line first. Fish had a break opportunity already in the third game of the encounter. He saved him with another serve-and-wipe winner after a poor forehand from Roger could have moved him up front.
After nine draws and about 15 minutes, Mardi finally replayed the game to avoid an early setback. Both players served well in the next five games to remain locked in at 4-4. Federer created another break opportunity in the ninth game, which was rejected by an ace fish down the T streak.
We saw the first draw in Switzerland’s matches at 4-5. However, Fish couldn’t earn his break chances, and had to consider defending his game after a few minutes. He’s got an ace to ward off danger and secure a tie-break. The American led 4-3 after a deep comeback.
However, he only stayed in front for a few moments before Roger immediately pulled out the little break with a superb forehand on the line. Federer advanced with another forehand win before losing the next two points on serve and falling 6-5.
Fish grabbed it with a service winner after a grueling 67 minutes. Mardy had a massive opportunity to move a set and unravel when he created a breakout chance at 2-2 in the second set. He missed it with a terrible forehand from a well-designed attack that could have brought him close to the finish line.
Roger retained a service winner after three stumbles to avoid danger. Nothing could separate them by the end of the set, and the tiebreak arrangement once again with all the pressure on Federer’s side of the net. As a true champion, Roger took the breaker 7-1, sealing it with a header to send the showdown to the brink after two hours of play.
The first demon came in the last set in the sixth game when Federer equalized after a winner served. He provided the decisive break when Mardy netted a backhand 4-4 in the only successful second leg. Serving for the crown in Game 10, Federer saved his 30-year-old after a fish foul with a backhand kick to celebrate his fourth and toughest title in Cincinnati since 2005.