World No. 2 Roger Federer advanced to the final of the Cincinnati Open after David Goffin retired due to injury while Federer was leading 7-6, 1-1. The 37-year-old claimed the first set tie-break and the match was continuing on serve before Goffin pulled the plug due to a shoulder injury.
Federer, who’s seeking an historic eight Cincinnati title, will now play Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster final on Sunday. And the Swiss feels excited about it.
“It’s great to be back in the finals, against Novak in particular,” Federer said.
“There’s a lot riding on the match. It’s great to refresh a rivalry we’ve had for many years.”
While Roger Federer has an incredible record in Cincinnati finals (winning all seven he’s played in), Novak Djokovic has lost all the five finals he’s played in in Cincinnati. Djokovic knows it woudn’t be an easy ride.
“It would be the greatest challenge in Cincinnati, without a doubt, because he [Federer] has been dominating this tournament historically,” Djokovic said, when asked about facing Roger Federer in the final.
Both players have faced each other 45 times, with Djokovic holding a slender 23-22 lead, making it one of the most competitive and evenly matched rivalries in the Open Era.