Djokovic to face Cilic as Cincinnati title dream draws closer

21 August, 2018, 15:44 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic: Cincinnati Masters final preview and prediction

The second-ranked Federer has won it an unprecedented seven times, going 7-for-7 in finals.

"After I won Montreal [last week], I said that I want to come here to win some more matches, because after winning a title is always the feeling that "let's do more".

World number 17 Bertens, who played and won two matches on Friday after rain interruptions this week, looked fitter that two-time Wimbledon victor Kvitova in hot, humid conditions.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also reached the final four with victory over Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5 5-7 6-3.

Both Federer and Nadal are two short of the set, Djokovic just one and it is Cincinnati that eludes him. Goffin stopped play after 63 minutes, with Federer serving at 1-1 40/30 in the second set.

Fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro outlasted Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 while seventh seeded Marin Cilic beat young Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-4.

Fresh off her second Rogers Cup title, Halep arrived in Cincinnati looking to extend her momentum.

Quoted on the ATP website, the Wimbldeon champion said: "I mean, it's a final for me and the sixth time that I'll try to win the title".


Serbian Djokovic continued his dominance of Croatian Cilic, winning the 15th consecutive match between the pair, though it was not pretty at times in a contest that stretched for two hours 32 minutes. She controlled the first set on Sunday and had a chance to close it out, leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker. Cincinnati remains the only one of the nine Masters 1000 events that the Serb star hasn't won.

"I need a little bit of rest because I'm exhausted", Halep said. The match was suspended during the third round Thursday after significant rain delays greatly affected the day's schedule of matches.

Djokovic, outside the top eight seeds for the first time since 2006, opened his campaign with a 6-4 7-6 win over Steve Johnson, in which he squandered his first eight match points.

Elina Svitolina ousted wild-card Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-4.

On the women's side, the top-ranked Halep beat Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 early Friday afternoon to reach the quarterfinals, then returned and knocked off Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1, raising both arms in triumph at the end of her long day featuring two full matches.

The 20-time major victor earned himself three break points in game two with the assistance of a magnificent cross-court forehand pass, but he failed to use any of them to his advantage. To see where I was also few weeks ago, I'm really happy to be here.

"I think it's the first time I'm going to have to be someone defending, getting to the finals of a Slam", she said.

She will face rising 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who upset Madison Keys of the United States 6-3 6-4.

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