With a notable 83 ATP titles, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been the most successful hard court players at the Open. Standing tall above their rivals, Novak and Roger created the records that will be broken in the future, dominating the Majors, Masters 1000 and ATP Finals for more than 15 years.
In August 2020, Djokovic captured his 60th ATP title on hard court in Cincinnati, becoming only the second player to do so after Federer. The Cincinnati Masters was held in New York in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and Novak won the remarkable 42nd hard-court title, beating his arch-rival by three.
Djokovic’s first hard-court ATP title came in Metz in 2006, and in the 15 years since then he has set numerous records on the more common surface. The Serb won three hard court titles in 2020, in Cincinnati, joining the Swiss in a great feat that will cost him quite a bit of work in the future.
Novak beat Ricardas Berankis, Tennys Sandgren, Jan-Lennard Struff and Roberto Bautista Agut on his way to the final, to set up the clash against Milos Raonic. After an entertaining clash, Djokovic won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours to claim the 35th Masters 1000 title and the second Masters Gold of his career.
It was Novak’s 11th victory over Milos in as many meetings. He did it after rallying from a breakdown in the deciding set and crossed the finish line in first place despite a terrible first set.
Mardy Fish praises Roger Federer
In a recording of the Netflix documentary Untold: Breaking Point, Andy Roddick praised Roger Federer’s abilities on the pitch, saying he was the “best defensive and offensive player” in his prime.
“Roger was both the best defensive player and the best offensive player in the world. How do you attack that? He is the most loved athlete in the world, universally, in the world.
You speak 17 languages and your hair is amazing, it’s fantastic and you don’t sweat,” Roddick said. In the documentary, former World No. 7 Mardy Fish also praised Roger Federer for his ability to score wins even if he hasn’t. He played his best tennis.
“He found a way to win every time. Roger had an aura of invincibility around him that you could never breathe in because he could turn it like that. The boom is over,” Fish said.
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