Djokovic and Halep defy tough schedules to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

Djokovic and Halep defy tough schedules to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

Djokovic and Halep defy tough schedules to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

While Federer narrowly avoided an early exit, another high seed was sent packing, as number four Juan Martin del Potro fell to diminutive Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4). Three of those wins came over Djokovic, who is 0-5 in the finals.

He displayed his top form throughout the match and delivered perhaps his most precise shot down 2-5 at 30-40 in the second set when he snuck a bullet backhand victor that caught the left line.

NOVAK Djokovic is closing in on the one title that has eluded him, reaching the final of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday with a three- set victory over Marin Cilic. Roger Federer stayed on course to add to his record haul in Cincinnati.

"We played tough match in Queen's, but that's grass and definitely different".

Fresh off her second Rogers Cup title, Halep arrived in Cincinnati looking to extend her momentum. "It will be a challenge for me to play another final here and try to win it".

The Serb, a 13-time Grand Slam victor, claimed a memorable Wimbledon title in July - a victory that marked the culmination of a two-year rise and fall from the very top of the game. He would close out the set and match by a final set score of 6-4.

By entering the final, Čilić would jump to fifth place in the individual ATP ranking, and by winning his second title in Cincinnati, he would skip Alexander Zverev to be the fourth best tennis player in the world.

The Argentine showed great character and gave far less away on serve to force a second-set tie-break, but the 2015 champion - competing in Cincinnati for the first time since lifting the title - had too much quality in the clutch moments and advanced.

"It's been a rollercoaster week with matches, interruptions, and rain delays and everything", Djokovic said.

Only hours after his comprehensive third-round win, the second-seeded seven-time champion was to face a quarter-final against compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-3 in another rain-delayed third-round clash.

The Swiss was not as forgiving with the next opportunities that came his way and he racked up five games in succession to take the first set in just 24 minutes. Del Potro had earlier beaten Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (8-6), 6-2.

"If I fight like I've done here, I will have a big chance", Halep said.

"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. "I'm happy to go through and tonight I have another match".

Keys had lost five straight matches against No. 4 Kerber, but turned to her forehand to rally for a 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory.

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