Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Cincinnati Open: Lightning assists Roger Federer's double win day

Cincinnati Open: Lightning assists Roger Federer's double win day

"I haven't played any matches on the centre court".

Djokovic led the crowd in cheers and pumped his fist after ending his long day.

Roger Federer continued his mastery over Stan Wawrinka, but not before getting a fright en route to a 6-7 (2) 7-6 (6) 6-2 quarter-final victory at the Cincinnati Masters on Friday. Djokovic is trying to become the first player to win all nine events since the series started in 1990.

A tight, high-quality encounter between Federer and the world number 11 on Saturday initially flew by without a break-point opportunity being offered by either player until the penultimate game, when Goffin had to fight hard to stave off three break and set points.

Wawrinka beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-4 6-3 in their third-round match.

And Federer insists he is relishing the chance to go up against Djokovic, victor of 17 Grand Slam titles, later today (9pm start United Kingdom time).

The Romanian lost a title bid in Cincinnati in 2015 against Serena Williams and came up short a year ago to Garbine Muguruza.

The five-time Cincinnati runner-up ousted Croatian Maric Cilic 6-4 3-6 6-3 in two-and-a-half hours in his bid to claim the only ATP Masters tournament he is yet to win.

But after the pause, the pair came back out, with Federer finally securing the first break of the match on his seventh chance to take a 4-2 lead over his longtime rival.

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Federer has won 14 straight matches in Cincinnati and 17 of his past 18 sets.

"I didn't really serve well, but luckily I did have good second serve, which was very important for me to put it back to the court and play some rallies", Kvitova said.

"So I just had to hang tough, not get frustrated, and hope that I was not going to throw in a awful service game or that he was going to connect perfectly". It's great to refresh our rivalry that we've had going on for so many years now.

Now, it's on to his first Cincinnati final in three years.

The Serb tenth seed followed up a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 third-round defeat of holder Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day of a rainy week by beating Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Fresh off her second Rogers Cup title, Halep arrived in Cincinnati looking to extend her momentum toward the U.S. Open. There's also a lot at stake for me.

A week of rain delays and double-duty days wore on players, many of whom wound up playing twice in a day.

"I'm feeling great, I'm so happy to win", she said after advancing on her first match point as Kvitova slammed a forehand into the net. "Just a few points decided the victor". "It will be a challenge for me to play another final here and try to win it".

"I never felt, so to say, embarrassed to say that I'm someone who makes mistakes, and I'm not proud when I break the racquet, especially I know there are kids around and watching, and I'm not proud of it, but sometimes it's just - it's too strong, and you let it out", he said.

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