Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Federer, S. Williams Win Titles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Federer, S. Williams Win Titles

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Federer, Serena Williams win titles in Cincinnati

Roger Federer won an unprecedented sixth championship in Cincinnati, overcoming one bad set. Serena Williams dominated for her first title.

Federer extended his record of finals perfection in Cincinnati, beating David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. He's won all six times he's reached the tournament's title match.

Federer improved to 16-0 against Ferrer, who has won only five sets off him overall.

It ended a bit of a slump for Federer, who finally got the large winner's trophy after losing his last four Masters title matches. He was the runner-up to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Toronto a week earlier.

"I've been bringing home some smaller ones," Federer said. "I'm happy to get the big one."

Earlier on Sunday, Williams finally got the one that had always slipped away. And she did it so convincingly that she came away thinking another title could be coming soon.

Williams needed only 62 minutes to beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1. She'd never even reached the finals in Cincinnati until last year, when she fell apart and lost to Victoria Azarenka on a third-set tiebreaker.

No wobbles this time. After getting broken in the first game, she took control with her serve and took advantage of Ivanovic's sloppy play, improving to 5-0 in finals this year.

Marion to sign with Cavaliers * Shawn Marion wanted another shot at an NBA title. He'll get it playing with LeBron James.

The free agent forward has agreed to a contract with the Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The 36-year-old Marion informed the Cavs this weekend that he will take a minimum deal and play for them next season.

A four-time All-Star, Marion gives Cleveland another veteran with postseason experience to complement James, who is returning to the Cavs intent on winning the city's first pro championship since 1964. …

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