World number one Roger Federer continued his dominance over Andy Roddick with a 6-3 7-5 victory in the Cincinnati Masters final.
Federer went into the match with a 9-1 record against Roddick and was only briefly troubled in the second set.
A Roddick double fault in game five gave Federer the first break of the match and the Swiss duly took charge.
He dropped serve early in the second but hit back immediately and powered on to his ninth title of the year.
"It's a bit of a surprise because I haven't played since Wimbledon," said Federer afterwards.
"But I really started to play fantastic tennis, especially in the semi-finals and final, and I'm really looking forward to the US Open now."
Roddick went into the match with a crushing defeat to Federer in the Wimbledon final fresh in his memory.
And after missing an early break point chance and then dropping his own serve, the home favourite's confidence seemed to drain away.
Federer dominated from the baseline and broke again to take the opening set.
Roddick finally made a breakthrough in game five of the second set, getting to 15-40 by attacking the net and finishing off with a backhand winner.
But, typically, Federer responded straight away, recovering from 30-0 down in the following game with four superb points, including one fearsome forehand return winner.
Roddick required on-court treatment for a foot problem after game 11 and Federer took advantage, breaking the American immediately to claim his 22nd consecutive victory in a final.
And Roddick refused to blame his injury for the defeat.
"I only felt it at 5-5 in the second set," he admitted.
"He was already kicking my butt before that. I'll get it looked at and hopefully be OK by New York."