Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati Masters final

Heather Diaz
August 20, 2018

But a win over Nick Kyrgios in Canada, followed by a battling victory over Marton Fucsovics, in which he saved four match points, were positive signs for the three-time Grand Slam champion, and he went down fighting in two tight sets against eventual champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the last-16. "I will not complain, but it was a tough day". "I just played and waited for the important points to go for the victor".

Djokovic had to work for more than two and a half hours to overcome Cilic, the 2016 champion in the combined WTA and ATP event.

Novak Djokovic has advanced to his sixth Western & Southern Open final to keep alive his hopes of completing the Golden Masters.

"I didn't like that music in the first few games of the third set", he said, before adding that he would watch the Federer-Goffin semi-final on TV.

"I managed to win the last three matches in the third set". I think we're all a bit mentally and maybe physically exhausted but I'm looking forward to this final.

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

"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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Mayer had a chance to force a third set, but Federer held on to win his third consecutive meeting with the Argentine as players double up in matches in the rain-delayed tournament.

Djokovic is trying to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990. However, Djokovic broke back in the eighth game before serving out clinically to secure victory.

"It's tough. I'm very pleased to reach the final once more here", said the 31-year-old Wimbledon champion.

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. After missing the tournament the past two years with injuries, he beat countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-2 to reach the semifinals.

In the women's draw, Dutch outsider Kiki Bertens reached her third final of the season as she wore down a tiring Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. For sure tonight I'm sad and disappointed to lose, but for me it's a big victory for myself after what I had previous year. "It will be a challenge for me to play another final here and try to win it".

Bertens, victor of a claycourt title in Charleston earlier this year and runner-up to Kvitova in Madrid, will fight for the title against either world number one Simona Halep or Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. "So before the match, I'm less nervous than I used to be".

Halep took advantage of the momentum with a break for 3-1 in the second set, only to immediately drop her serve.

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