Novak Djokovic into Cincinnati final, Roger Federer in his way again

Juan Martin del Potro proved too strong for Nick Kyrgios

Juan Martin del Potro proved too strong for Nick Kyrgios

Novak Djokovic qualified for his sixth Cincinnati Masters final when he edged out Marin Cilic 6-4 3-6 6-3 in an afternoon semi-final on Saturday.

Sabalenka came into the match with over eight hours of tennis under her belt this week, while Halep had played less than five.

The match was interrupted for 21 minutes as the players and crowd left the court during a lightning storm.

Still Barty fought back and had a break point in the final game that would have levelled the score at 5-5, but Halep sealed victory with a backhand victor.

WTA No 17 and unseeded Kiki Bertens of Netherlands entered her first W and S Open final with a straightforward three-sets victory ahead of 2012 tournament semifinalist and current No. 6 Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Few players have enjoyed the run of dominance that Federer has in Cincinnati. This week again I'm playing some good tennis, some big tennis. Federer closed out victory two games later and will face David Goffin after the Belgian beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4).

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

Top-ranked Simona Halep plays later, trying to reach the finals for the third time. For the two men are very evenly matched despite different approaches to the game.

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"It was a roller-coaster match", added the Wimbledon champion, who admitted he was distracted my loud music coming from outside the court early in the third set. Halep has never won a Cincinnati title, losing the final match previous year to Garbine Muguruza.

It was the second fightback of the day for Halep, who came from a break down in each set to overhaul Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 several hours earlier in the third round.

The Croatian won his only Masters title in Cincinnati and having missed the event past year his run this week meant he was riding a nine-game winning streak.

"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.

Djokovic battled through a tough match against the Canadian to emerge as an 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victor.

Halep returned to the court and took control, running off four straight games for a 4-3 lead when rain arrived. "Today I tried to really focus on just the one match, not thinking that there is possibly going to be two". The match was suspended during the third round Thursday after significant rain delays greatly affected the day's schedule of matches.

Second seed Roger Federer was victorious in his first match since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon, defeating Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Western and Southern Open.

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