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Federer claims sixth Cincinnati crown

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Roger Federer beat David Ferrer 6-3 1-6 6-2 © Getty Images
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Roger Federer secured an unprecedented sixth Cincinnati Masters crown after battling past David Ferrer in three sets.

The world No.3, who has never lost a final in Cincinatti, stretched his unbeaten run against the Spaniard to 16 matches, after coming through 6-3 1-6 6-2.

Federer becomes just the third man in the Open Era to win 80 career singles titles, after Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

Following the match, Federer admitted he was relieved to end his recent mini-streak of finals defeats, having gone down to Novak Djokovic in five sets at Wimbledon before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Rogers Cup earlier this month.

"I've been bringing home some smaller ones," said Federer, who claimed his first Masters title since 2012 when he also won Cincinnati. "I'm happy to get the big one."

Ferrer almost handed Federer his first love set since the 2008 French Open final when he forced the match into a decider - it was just the fifth set he's taken off Federer.

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