Ace Federer takes on Djokovic in Cincinnati Masters summit clash

Cincinnati: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were set to fight for records in their final at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters. Federer, a seven-time champion here, will be bidding to increase his tournament-leading total, while Djokovic is keen to win the only Masters 1000 tournament missing from his trophy collection. Second seed Federer was leading 7-6 (7/3), 1-1 when David Goffin retired with an injury from their semi-final match after 62 minutes on Saturday.

The Belgian needed treatment for a shoulder problem after losing the opening set. Djokovic beat 2016 winner Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to earn his place. Djokovic leads a rivalry, which dates to 2006, by a thin 23-22 margin with the Serb winning three of their last four meetings. Federer won their only previous final here in 2015 in straight sets.

Halep vs Mertens

On the women’s side, world number one Simona Halep is hoping it will be third time lucky in Cincinnati after booking her finals berth with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka. The Romanian lost a title bid in Cincinnati in 2015 against Serena Williams and came up short a year ago to Garbine Muguruza. Now she’ll try again against Kiki Bertens.