'Roger Federer figured out a way to win every time', says former Top 10

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'Roger Federer figured out a way to win every time', says former Top 10

With a notable 83 ATP titles, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been the most accomplished hard court players in the Open Era. Standing head and shoulders above their rivals, Novak and Roger have created the records that will be broken in the future, dominating the Majors, the Masters 1000 and the ATP Finals for more than 15 years.

In August 2020, Djokovic clinched his 60th ATP hard court title in Cincinnati, becoming only the second player to do so after Federer. The Cincinnati Masters was held in New York after the coronavirus pandemic, and Novak secured the remarkable 42nd title on hard court, leading his great rival by three.

Djokovic's first ATP hard court title came in Metz in 2006, and in the ensuing 15 years he has set numerous records on the more common surface. The Serb lifted three titles on hard court in 2020, in Cincinnati, and joined the Swiss in a great achievement that will cost him quite a bit of work in the future.

Novak defeated Ricardas Berankis, Tennys Sandgren, Jan-Lennard Struff and Roberto Bautista Agut on his way to the final, to set up the clash against Milos Raonic. After an entertaining clash, Djokovic prevailed 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours to clinch the 35th Masters 1000 title and the second Masters Gold of his career.

It was Novak's 11th victory over Milos in as many meetings. He did it after coming back from a break down in the decider and crossed the finish line in first place despite a terrible opening set.

Mardy Fish praises Federer

In a recording from the Netflix documentary Untold: Breaking Point, Andy Roddick complimented Roger Federer's on-court skills, saying he was the "best defensive and offensive player" in his prime.

"Roger was the best defensive and the best offensive player in the world at the same time. How do you attack that? He's the most-liked athlete in the world, universally, in the world. You speak 17 languages and your hair looks amazing, it's fantastic, and you don't sweat," said Roddick.

In the documentary, former World No. 7 Mardy Fish also lauded Federer for his ability to grind out wins despite not playing his best tennis. "He figured out a way to win every time, every single time. Roger had this aura of invincibility around him where you just could never breathe 'cause he could turn it like that. Boom point's over," mentioned Fish.