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august 19, 2012 • 02:05 PM • last update 04:25 PM

Federer beats Djokovic for 5th Cincinnati title

Roger Federer exults after defeating Novak Djokovic for the Cincinnati title.
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Top-ranked Roger Federer has won a record fifth Cincinnati title, dominating second-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6 (7) for the Western & Southern Open championship.

It was the first time in the tournament's history that the top two in the world played for the title. Right from the start Sunday, it was no match.

The Swiss star won the first set in only 20 minutes, allowing Djokovic to win just 10 points. The Serb never recovered, snapping his streak of 15 straight victories on hard courts.

Federer improved to 5-0 in Cincinnati finals and tied Rafael Nadal for the most Masters titles with 21. Nadal dropped out of the tournament with a sore knee that has sidelined him indefinitely.

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