Cincinnati Masters: Federer, Novak reach semis
Veteran Roger Federer showed his class as he won his second game of the day to book a berth in the semis of the 2018 Cincinnati Masters. The Swiss maestro was joined by 2018 Wimbledon winner Djokovic. Federer prevailed over Stan Wawrinka after having earlier beaten Leo Mayer on the same day. Here is how the day panned out.
Federer made the most of his form in a well fought 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 battle to down Stan. The match had to be stopped for at least 21 minutes due to lightning. Federer, who had to play marathon sets, said that the break helped him gain momentum. This was Federer's 23rd win over Wawrinka in 26 head-to-head meetings.
Djokovic set up a battle with Marin Cilic after his win over Raonic. The Serb too played his second match of the day as he had earlier beaten holder Grigor Dimitrov. The Wimbledon champion saw himself come out on top in a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 duel. The five-time finalist in Cincinnati- Djokovic is aiming for a maiden victory here.
Women's top seed Simona Halep came back from 1-4 to defeat Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-4, 6-1. Halep had earlier beaten Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty. She will face youngster Aryna Sabalenka next. Aryna stunned Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4. Petra Kvitova booked her semis berth after a gruelling win against Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. She will next face Kiki Bertens.