Federer wins Cincy easily over Djokovic

Posted: August 20, 2012

MAKE IT FIVE for Roger Federer.

The world's top-ranked player won a record fifth Cincinnati title Sunday, dominating second-ranked Novak Djokovic in an unprecedented way at the start of a 6-0, 7-6 (7) win for the Western & Southern Open championship.

"Looking back, it's just unbelievable," Federer said. "This was probably the best week for me here in Cincinnati. I didn't lose a set. This is very sweet, no doubt about it."

Federer heads to the U.S. Open feeling healthy and fine-tuned. He skipped the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week, giving himself some time to recover from the Olympics in London.

He also has regained the upper hand against one of the players who stands in his way.

Djokovic had put together a run of three straight wins over Federer in tournament semifinals, starting with the U.S. Open last year. Federer turned it around by beating the Serb in the semis at Wimbledon last month.

"It was a final today, so I really wanted to win," Djokovic said. "There is no question about it. Maybe playing couple weeks in a row, four weeks in a row, got to me maybe mentally. Physically it didn't. I felt OK on the court."

China's Li Na won the women's title, beating Germany's Angelique Kerber, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. It was Li's first title since her breakthrough season in 2011, when she won at Sydney and the French Open. Three times this season, she made it to the finals of a tournament. All three times, she lost in three sets.

In other tennis news:

* The NCAA will consider a proposal next month to shorten tennis matches, adopt a new tiebreaker format and modify the NCAA tourney. If approved, all singles matches would be contested in a best-of-three set format.

Basketball * 

Hornets coach Monty Williams agreed to what he says is a 4-year contract extension that will keep him in New Orleans through 2016.

* Police say high school senior point guard Aquille Carr, who has committed to Seton Hall, was arrested Friday in his native Baltimore on charges of assaulting the mother of his child. Carr, 18, faces two misdemeanor charges: second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. A hearing is set for Sept. 19. The alleged victim was not seriously injured.

Sport Stops * 

Jessica Parratto, 18, and Steele Johnson, 16, won their second titles in 2 days during the final day of the U.S. diving championships in Greensboro, N.C.

* Police say a car taking part in a rally race plunged into a crowd in central Serbia, killing one spectator and injuring three others.

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