Roger Federer sent out an ominous message to his rivals by claiming the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati with a straight sets demolition of Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday. Federer was playing his second tournament since returning to the ATP Tour circuit after becoming the father of twin girls and was back to his peerless best ahead of the U.S.
Venus Williams beat Elena Dementieva in the first match of the Bank of the West Classic semifinal on Saturday, the official WTA Tour website reported. Williams crushed her Russian opponent 6-0 6-1, hitting 17 winners to Dementieva’s three and breaking serve five times. “She’s a strong striker of the ball, so I was just focusing on winning every point,” Williams said