CINCINNATI - Roger Federer avenged his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-6(1) 6-3 on Sunday to capture his second consecutive Western & Southern Open title.

The Swiss second seed, playing Djokovic for the first time since losing to him in the Wimbledon final for a second straight year last month, brought his record number of Cincinnati titles to seven with the win. Federer easily handled his service games throughout the match and employed an attacking style that gave Djokovic fits. After cruising through the first set tiebreak, Federer earned the only break of the match in the second game of the second set en route to sealing the win in 90 minutes.

With the win, Federer denied longtime rival Djokovic from completing the set of all nine ATP Masters titles and took a 21-20 edge in career head-to-head meetings. The win will also give Federer a jolt of confidence going into the Aug 31-Sept 13 US Open where he will be seeking a sixth title at Flushing Meadows and first since 2008. Federer will now move into second spot in the world rankings on Monday, which means the two rivals could meet again in the final at Flushing Meadows.

WILLIAMS TO MEET HALEP IN CINCINNATI FINAL: Serena Williams brushed off some serving troubles before cruising to a 6-4 6-3 win over Elina Svitolina on Saturday and will meet Simona Halep in the Western & Southern Open final. Williams's serve was off for a second consecutive match in Cincinnati and she committed 34 unforced errors but the world number one was never under serious threat from the 14th-seeded Ukrainian.The American will bid to complete a calendar grand slam at her home U.S. Open from Aug. 31, a pursuit that kept her early struggles in perspective on Saturday. She will defend her title against Romanian Halep who routed Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-2 in the late semi-final. Williams was broken early in the opening set, but her opponent could not keep the momentum or capitalize on the American's eight double-faults for the match. Williams laced two straight backhand winners to break Svitolina's serve to move to 3-1 in the second set.

The 20-year-old Ukrainian broke back but Williams responded in kind to take control before sealing the match with an ace.

Halep's semi-final win secured her the second seeding behind Williams at the U.S. Open. The aggressive base-liner converted seven of 10 break-points and was thrilled with her performance. "I played great tennis tonight. I was confident and I think that's why I played my best tennis," she said. "I have my chance tomorrow (against Williams) but I expect a tough match. With her you never know; you can win, maybe, or you can lose fast."