Djokovic Inches Closer To History in Cincinnati

Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic: Cincinnati Masters final preview and prediction

Swiss mogul Federer sets Djokovic blockbuster in Cincinnati final - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Roger Federer wasted no time in defeating Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) on Friday as the rain-plagued ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters made up ground after two days of disruption.

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were among players to win two matches on the same day to book their places in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Djokovic closed in on a Western & Southern Open title with his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic on Saturday.

And Goffin lasted just two games of the second set before he was forced to retire.

After the semifinal win, Federer has improved to 7-1 against Goffin.

Djokovic, meanwhile, outlasted Marin Cilic to reach the final, where he will bid to complete the set of all nine Masters 1000 titles.

"So I was just happy how I was able to lift my game up throughout the set, and then also in the tie-breaker, I played a good breaker, so I was actually very happy". "I'm glad that in the important points I played aggressively - that was important today". "Obviously, this time I'm hoping I get my hands on the trophy". Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily.

"I'm here to enjoy a sport that I love, I've got plenty of motivation". Halep has never won a Cincinnati title, losing the final match previous year to Garbine Muguruza. I think it's very hard to win Masters 1000s. The match was suspended during the third round Thursday after significant rain delays greatly affected the day's schedule of matches.

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Djokovic is a five-time finalist at the Cincinnati-area event but has never won the title.

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.

"Yeah. Well, I must be very pleased with fighting spirit and staying mentally tough to overcome deficits in both matches", Djokovic said of his efforts after winning the quarterfinal match.

"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.

After reaching the final five times and losing every time - three to Federer - Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough. "I'm really happy and I'm looking to go further".

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

On Sunday she'll try again against Dutch outsider Kiki Bertens, who will be playing her third final of the season after wearing down a tiring Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

But the Serbian clawed back to 5-5 and, when Raonic double faulted on break point, Djokovic was sure to take the opportunity to claim the first set. "It was a tough match, but I'm so glad to be in the final".

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