Roger Federer continued his hot summer season with his fourth straight final and second tournament title. He defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 on Sunday in the 2014 Western & Southern Final of Cincinnati.
The match started with Federer and Ferrer both holding serve comfortably through the first seven games. In the eighth game, Ferrer started with an unforced error and double-fault to get behind 0-30. After a short rally, Ferrer sailed a forehand long and then double-faulted again to give Federer the first break of the match and a 5-3 advantage.
While attempting to consolidate the break, Federer lost the first two points when Ferrer lobbed a winner and then crunched a backhand down the line for 0-30. Federer then dumped a forehand into the net – creating a 0-40 hole. Two net finishes sandwiched around a Ferrer forehand miss brought the game back to deuce. Federer would muster three more big first serves to fend off another break point and close the game and first set at 6-3.
Federer would start the second set with three break points but strong serving by Ferrer brought him back to deuce each time. A volley error by Federer and another Ferrer service winner gave the Spaniard the early advantage.
The rest of the second set became a rout as Ferrer broke two times, executing passing shots and winners from all over the court, and took advantage of an uncharacteristic error count by his adversary. Ferrer would close out the set in resounding fashion, 6-1, forcing a third set.
In the fourth game of the final set, Ferrer missed a volley and backhand into the net while Federer cranked two forehand service returns (on second serves) to earn the early break and a 3-1 lead. Federer solidified the break with two aces and a hold at 15.
Federer would break in the seventh game at 15 for the 6-2 final set win and tournament victory.
It was Federer’s 22nd Masters 1000 title (second to Rafael Nadal’s 27) and his sixth win of this tournament.