Federer to meet Djokovic in Cincinnati final

Simona Halep Western & Southern Open Cincinnati

World number one Simona Halep will play Kiki Bertens in the Cincinnati Masters final after easing past Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals.

Serbian Djokovic continued his dominance of Croatian Cilic, winning the 15th consecutive match between the pair, though it was not pretty at times in a contest that stretched for two hours 32 minutes.

Sabalenka, the 20-year-old number 34 who is still seeking a first career title, dropped the opening set on back-to-back double-faults.

World number two Roger Federer, bidding for his eighth Cincinnati Masters title, outlasted Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1 7-6 (6) in the third round on Friday. Victory over Simona Halep today would take that to 6-0, as well as being Bertens' first ever win over a World No.1 and her 13th Top 10 win overall.

Now, it's on to his first Cincinnati final in three years.

"I wish it didn't rain, for sure, last night", Dimitrov said.

Cincinnati remains the only one of the nine Masters 1000 events that the Serb star hasn't won. Federer won it in 2015 but was sidelined the last two years because of injuries.


"It's been a roller-coaster week with matches and the interruptions with the rain and all that's happened", Djokovic said.

Djokovic completed his long recovery from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time last month. He then set out to get his hard-court game in form for the US Open.

Frustrated by his ragged play early in his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, Djokovic slammed his racket on the court, sending pieces of the frame into the air. The racket-busting became a turning point., as he went on to do the business.

Djokovic closed in on a maiden Cincinnati trophy with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic on Saturday. "But I do wish to win the title". Prior to this year, the 26-year-old had never reached a final above global level, but 2018 has seen her tick off a few new milestones: a first Premier title in Charleston, a first Premier Mandatory final in Madrid and now a first final on hard courts here. Last week [when he reached the third round of the Rogers Cup] was really important and really good for myself, for my tennis, for my confidence....

Halep has faced the most challenges from the rain, with one match suspended overnight Wednesday and then her third-round match held over for a day as well. Known as more of a clay-court player, this is the first time she has reached a hard-court final.

"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 think I'm playing great in general. She had made five previous appearances in semifinals this season, winning each tournament. "I was really trying, but nothing".

"I hope it's not going to happen again", Halep said. "To see where I was also a few weeks ago, I'm really happy to be here".

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