Roger Federer Will Win 2012 US Open Following Rout of Novak Djokovic at W&S

Roy BurtonContributor IAugust 19, 2012

MASON, OH - AUGUST 19:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the final on day nine of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2012 in Mason, Ohio.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer solidified his spot as the clear cut favorite for the 2012 U.S. Open after defeating Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6 (9-7) in the final of the Cincinnati Masters tournament on Sunday.

Federer needed only 80 minutes to dispatch his longtime rival, and the victory marked the 16th time he has defeated Djokovic in 28 career meetings. With the win, Federer increased his lead over Djoker for the world's No. 1 ranking by 400 points.

The U.S. Open is less than two weeks away, and perhaps no one in the world is playing as well as Federer this summer. After winning his seventh Wimbledon title in June, the 31-year-old Swiss native earned a silver medal at the London Olympics before taking the crown at the Western and Southern Open on Sunday.

Federer has won 78 percent of the points on his first serve this year, an ATP-best 60 percent of the points on his second serve, and in his five games at the Cincinnati Masters, he failed to drop a single set.

With Rafael Nadal on the shelf indefinitely due to tendinitis in his left knee, a Federer-Djokovic U.S. Open final almost seems like a foregone conclusion. And if that happens, expect Federer to emerge with his 18th career Grand Slam title.

Of course, it should be noted that Djokovic is the defending U.S. Open champion after defeating Nadal in four sets last year (a match which followed a thrilling five-set marathon against Federer in the semifinals). But Federer is 3-2 in his career versus Djokovic at Flushing Meadows, with one of those victories coming in the 2007 tournament final.

Many had started to write the postscript on Federer's career before he defeated Andy Murray at Wimbledon earlier this year. Less than two months later, at the tournament where he's enjoyed the most success of his professional career, Federer can—and will—prove all of the doubters wrong once again.