2007 CINCINNATI MASTERS
ROGER FEDERER v LLEYTON HEWITT
Roger Federer dominated a third-set tie-break to finally beat a determined Lleyton Hewitt and reach the final of the Cincinnati Masters.
"That was a classic, it's always tough stuff between us," said Federer, who lifted the Cincinnati title in 2005. "Playing Lleyton makes me nervous.
"He makes you miss so much, I'm happy to to escape with this win."
Hewitt admitted: "I couldn't have asked for better preparation for the US Open than these two weeks. It's taken the best guy in the world to knock me off.
"There were really only a couple of points in it. It could have gone either way.
Roger Federer was tested by an improved Lleyton Hewitt, but the Swiss champ rose to the occasion. Federer was forced to roam the baseline from side to side to retrieve all of Hewitt's shots.
But after playing a great game of defense, Federer was able to turn the tables and attack with his relentless forehands. Add some fantastic serving with 18 aces, and even though Hewitt
was able to break and force tiebreaks, it was still not enough to earn the victory. Hewitt played much better than any previous encounter against Federer and was able to hold
his own from the baseline. But Federer survived this scare by jumping out to the early lead in the final tiebreak and held on to secure the victory.
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