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Federer gets 300th Masters win in Cincy

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014
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MASON, Ohio (AP) — Roger Federer had another big moment. Those seem to happen for him a lot in Cincinnati.

Federer won his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, a three-set victory over Vasek Pospisil that was his 300th career victory during a Masters tournament. He's the first player to reach the mark — Rafael Nadal is second with 281 such wins.

The big number was nice. After a two-hour struggle, Federer was glad just to have a chance to try to add to his unprecedented five titles in Cincinnati.

"It's a nice, round number," Federer said. "I've had some more important ones over the one today. Nevertheless, it's nice to reach such milestones."

The Swiss star didn't take control until the middle of the third set, when he broke Pospisil twice for a 4-1 lead. Both players were sloppy in the breezy conditions.

"You just hope to get through the first match in tough conditions," Federer said. "It's important to stay calm even though it's frustrating for much of the match."

Top-seeded Serena Williams kept her poise during the toughest moments and pulled through a tough opening match as well. She rallied from behind in both tiebreakers to beat Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7) in an hour and 54 minutes.

She found it useful to get pushed so hard in her first match.

"It's good when you play a lot of close matches and you come out on top — I'm defeated, I'm down and I come back and win," she said. "That's very good."

Stosur got ahead 4-0 in the first tiebreaker before Williams rallied. Stosur had two set points in the second tiebreaker, but hit a shot into the net and another one long to even it. Williams won it when Stosur dumped another shot into the net.

"Against player like that you think, 'Oh, there is a chance there,'" Stosur said. "More often than not they come up with the goods to shut you down."

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