On this day: Roger Federer celebrates 50th ATP title versus James Blake



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On this day: Roger Federer celebrates 50th ATP title versus James Blake

After a rather slow start at Cincinnati Masters and just one victory from the first four trips to Ohio, Roger Federer went all the way to claim the title in 2005, losing it in an unexpected defeated to Andy Murray a year later.

Federer was back at his best in 2007, lifting the Cincinnati crown for the second time with a commanding 6-1, 6-4 win over James Blake in just 65 minutes on August 19, securing the milestone 50th ATP title and the 14th at the Masters 1000 level!

It was the second and also the last Masters 1000 final for the American who was world no. 8 at that moment, hoping to clinch the fourth title for the home nation in the previous five years after Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi.

Back in 2005, these two met in the opening round of Cincinnati, and Roger had to work much harder to score a 7-6, 7-5 triumph, a performance Blake couldn't repeat in much more important encounter two years later, staying on the court for just over an hour.

In fact, the Swiss had a much harder obstacle in the semi-final, trailing a break in the decider to Lleyton Hewitt before prevailing 7-1 in the tie break. As the result suggests, the clash was a one-sided affair with Roger as the dominant figure thanks to his first serve, struggling a bit on the second but repelling all five break chances given to the American to mount the pressure on the other side of the net.

James counted to just three aces, losing 45% of the points in his gamesto give serve away three times from six chances Roger created, finishing the match on 15 winners and 24 unforced errors. Federer fired 25 winners and 19 errors, dominating the shortest points to earn the straight-sets victory and clinch the milestone title, becoming the ninth player in the Open era with 50 ATP titles.

The Swiss held in the opening game with a service winner and instantly broke James' serve to take a 2-0 lead and gain the momentum.

Roger Federer won the 50th ATP title in Cincinnati 2007, at 26.

More good serves pushed Roger 3-0 up before experiencing the first troubles behind the initial shot at 3-1, fending off three break points and bringing the game home with a volley winner to extend the gap.

Blake gave serve away at love in the next game after a forehand winner from Federer, who closed the opener in 26 minutes with a service winner in game seven, looking sharp and determined to bring the encounter home as soon as possible.

James repelled three break chances with winners in the opening game of the second set for an important hold, standing powerless on the return in game two after three unreturned serves from a former champion who was in the zone.

After four good holds on both sides, Federer broke in game seven after forcing an error from Blake, forging the advantage before finding himself 40-15 down on serve in the next game following a deep return from the home player.

Roger stayed focused to fend off both break chances and notch the game with an ace for a 5-3 and a giant step towards the title. The American blasted a forehand down the line winner to reduce the deficit to 5-4, although that was all he could do, as Roger sealing the deal with an ace down the T line in game ten for the second trophy in Cincinnati.