Federer rolls past Blake in Cincinnati final

Aug 19, 2007 - 11:57 PM CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- It seems like every time Roger Federer plays he reaches another milestone.

The top-seeded Federer defeated No. 9 James Blake, 6-1, 6-4, in the final of Western & Southern Financial Group Masters to claim his fifth title of the season Sunday.

It marked the 50th career singles title for the Switzerland native, who at at 26 years and 11 days old became the fifth-youngest player to accomplish that feat.

"It's not a goal I set myself in my career, but it's definitely a nice number to get to, especially in terms of titles. It's really a lot, you know, so it's great," Federer said.

Bjorn Borg was the fastest to 50 wins, doing so at 23 years, 7 months. Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl are the only other players ahead of Federer in that regard.

"I used to have tough times in Grand Slams and Masters Series, believe it or not, in the beginning of my career," Federer said. "So to come through and win that many Masters Series and Grand Slams, that's a great surprise and I hope to keep it up from now on."

Federer needed just 65 minutes to dispose of Blake, who fell to 0-7 in his career against the world's top player. This was the third time that Blake, ranked eighth in the world, was ousted by Federer in a final.

The 27-year-old American had no answer for Federer, who converted 33 of 40 first serve points, including nine aces, and saved each of the five break points he faced en route to cashing the $400,000 first prize.

Also the 2005 champion of this $2.45 million hardcourt event, Federer has won 39 of 60 tournaments since 2004, compiling a 292-21 match record.

In what was his final preparation before heading the U.S. Open in search of his fourth consecutive title there, Federer won 10 of the 12 sets he played. This effort came just one week after reaching the final at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he lost to Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

"It's been my best summer here ... to come through and play 10 matches in, I don't know how many days it was, it's a great effort for me," Federer said. "Yeah, now I'm confident I'm going to be fine at the U.S. Open."






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