Roger Federer wins his first Cincinnati title

Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in the 2005 Cincinnati Masters final

by Jovica Ilic
Roger Federer wins his first Cincinnati title
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Roger Federer had a great run in 2005, winning 81 out of 85 encounters and cementing his world no. 1 status ahead of Rafael Nadal. Roger celebrated his ninth title from the season's 12 tournaments in Cincinnati, lifting his first trophy in Ohio following a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andy Roddick in an hour and 13 minutes.

Roger prevailed over James Blake in the opening round and earned triumphs against Nicolas Kiefer, Olivier Rochus, Jose Acasuso and Robby Ginepri to find himself in the title clash. Roger ousted Andy for the ninth time in their ten encounters, extending his streak against the home favorite.

Federer lost serve once and stole Roddick's serve four times to seal the deal in straight sets. The Swiss landed 20 winners and 14 unforced errors, overshadowing the American's 20-22 ratio. Roger played better in the shortest and mid-range exchanges, keeping the pressure on the rival's second serve and moving over the top before the tie break.

Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick for his first Cincinnati title in 2005.

Roddick held at love in the encounter's opening game after a service winner. He created a break chance in the second game when Roger's forehand found the net.

Federer got out of jail with a service winner and brought the game home with two quick points, avoiding an early setback. It was Roddick's turn to face the first troubles on serve at 2-2. He suffered a break after a double fault that sent momentum away from him.

The Swiss confirmed the break with an excellent hold a few minutes later and moved 5-3 ahead with four winners in game eight. Roger was on a roll now, and the set was in his hands thanks to another break in game nine after a smash winner at the net.

They opened the second set with four easy holds. Roddick created a couple of opportunities on the return at 2-2, converting the first with a backhand down the line winner and moving in front, looking good to force a decider.

Instead of cementing the break, Andy delivered a terrible volley at the net a few minutes later, losing serve and bringing the rival back to the positive side. Federer moved in front again after a hold at love in game seven thanks to a beautiful volley winner at the net.

Nothing separated them in the next four games, and Roddick served to stay in the match at 5-6, with no room for errors. Andy received a medical timeout on his right foot and lost the rhythm. He netted an easy forehand to suffer the crucial break and hand the victory to his rival. Thus, Federer celebrated his first out of seven triumphs in Ohio and the eighth Masters 1000 title.

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