Roger Federer brushed aside Serbia's fourth ranked Novak Djokovic in a thrilling display at the Western and Southern Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, early this morning.
Federer has now beaten Nadal in the Madrid Masters in May, and both Murray and Djokovic in the last two days. They were all done in straight sets, and the Swiss has now sent out his warning for the upcoming U.S. Open in New York.
Federer cruised through the first set thanks to his precise, accurate hitting and perfect timing of his shots, in particular a laser-like cross-court forehand that gave Djokovic all sorts of problems. The Swiss was looking sharp and deadly, and made Djokovic's stunning performance against Nadal yesterday look very much like a one-off.
This was the fourth best player in the world, being given the run-around and a harsh lesson in tennis excellence.
Djokovic did up his game at the beginning of the second set however, racing into a 3-0 lead, only for the Swiss champion to haul him in immediately to level it up at 3-3.
It seemed Federer could break at will, and as Djokovic continued to miss first serves, it was inevitable that the Swiss would take advantage. It came in the 11th game, and Federer served out for a 6-1, 7-5 victory.
He is enjoying his tennis and looked relaxed and comfortable throughout. He is one-up on all of his major rivals going in to the U.S. Open, and I wouldn't bet against him sweeping everyone aside on his way to a 6th consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.