Federer strikes down fellow Swiss to reach Cincy

Federer strikes down fellow Swiss to reach Cincy

Federer strikes down fellow Swiss to reach Cincy

"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".

The match was interrupted for 21 minutes with players being sent off court and crowds told to seek shelter as a storm cell passed near the site.

Djokovic only secured his defeat of the Croatian late in the final set, breaking for 5-3 and finishing off the hard-fought victory in the next game.

The Serb followed up a third-round victory over holder Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.

The result sets up the prospect of a mouth-watering final between Djokovic and Roger Federer, one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport. He got better as the rainy week went on in Cincinnati, playing his best at the end.

He'll face Marin Cilic, who also won twice Friday to reach the semifinals.

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

On the women's side, No. 1 Simona Halep will play for the title a second year in a row, facing Kiki Bertens. For the two men are very evenly matched despite different approaches to the game. He lost the first set 6-2 and won the second 6-3 when rain stopped the contest for 90 minutes.

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He beat Karen Khachanov in three sets, completing a suspended match, and got a 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta, who was playing his only match of the day.

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.

Halep returned to the court and took control, running off four straight games for a 4-3 lead when rain arrived.

Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios split two tiebreaks before Del Potro prevailed in the third set for a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-2 win.

"It's been a rollercoaster week with matches, interruptions, and rain delays and everything", Djokovic said. Firing 12 aces and having nearly half of his serves unreturned, the Swiss won his 11th consecutive match in Cincinnati.

"That's not how I wanted to win, but I'll take it", the Swiss said.

Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fifth, beat 16-year-old American prodigy Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-4.

"I think also I'm less stressed", she said. "So before the match, I'm less nervous than I used to be. I really liked, you know, the composure, so to say, the focus that I had all the way through". Del Potro is facing 11th-seeded Belgian David Goffin, a 6-2, 6-4 victor over sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson in another rain-delayed match.

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