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Djokovic beats Cilic to reach Cincinnati final

  • Posted: Aug 18, 2018

Former world number one Novak Djokovic reached the Cincinnati Masters final for the sixth time with a semi-final victory over Marin Cilic.

Djokovic, who has never won the tournament, beat 2016 winner Cilic 6-4 3-6 6-3 in two and a half hours.

The Serb, seeded 10th, will play the winner of Saturday’s second semi-final between Roger Federer and David Goffin.

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

Victory in Sunday’s final would make Djokovic the first man to have won all nine Masters 1,000 tournaments.

“Hopefully I can get it done this time,” Djokovic said.

“It’s been a difficult week with rain delays and all that was happening. I’ve been down in my last three matches but I’ve come back.”

Djokovic won just eight points on his return in the first set of the semi-final, but breaking Cilic’s serve in the third game before twice saving break point gave him the momentum to take the early advantage.

Cilic controlled the second set, taking a 5-1 lead with two breaks before Djokovic momentarily came back into the set, but at 5-3 the Croat held to love to send the match into a decider.

The semi-final swung in Djokovic’s favour then, however, when he broke Cilic’s serve for 5-3 before serving for victory.

Seven-time Cincinnati champion Federer will meet Goffin not before 19:00 local time (00:00 BST).

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SF Preview: Federer Faces Goffin, Djokovic Meets Cilic

  • Posted: Aug 18, 2018

SF Preview: Federer Faces Goffin, Djokovic Meets Cilic

Four semi-finalists bidding to lift first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy this year

After an action-packed Friday in Cincinnati, the Western & Southern Open semi-finals look set to provide high-quality drama as the final North American ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season reaches its climax.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer bids to extend his unbeaten streak in Cincinnati semi-finals (7-0) when he faces first-time semi-finalist David Goffin. Goffin defeated 6’8″ Kevin Anderson and 6’6″ Juan Martin del Potro on Friday to reach the final four.

Five-time runner-up Novak Djokovic is aiming to move one step closer to completing the Career Golden Masters by capturing the only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title missing from his resume. Djokovic will face 2016 champion Marin Cilic, who is currently on a nine-match winning streak at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

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Meeting for the first time since a shock semi-final defeat at the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals, Federer and Goffin will meet for the eighth time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry (Federer leads 6-1). Having recovered from a set down to end Federer’s remarkable comeback season in London last year, Goffin will be aiming to record his second successive victory over the 37-year-old to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final.

Federer, on the other hand, will be looking re-establish control of the rivalry, having dropped just two sets in their opening six tour-level clashes. Federer is in pursuit of a record eighth Cincinnati crown and will be eager to reach his first Masters 1000 championship match since the BNP Paribas Open in March (l. to Del Potro).

After opening his career with a 1-4 record in Cincinnati, Federer has since won 44 of 48 matches at the Ohio-based tournament. The seven-time titlist has looked sharp in his first appearance since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon to Kevin Anderson and is aiming to reach his sixth final of the season (3-2).

Coming into Cincinnati, Goffin had won just two of his seven most recent tour-level matches. But the Belgian has rediscovered his form this week with impressive victories over three Top 15 opponents, including World No. 3 Del Potro. Goffin will be looking to reach his first Masters 1000 final on his fourth attempt, having fallen at the final-four stage most recently at the 2017 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Nadal).

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Earlier in the day, Djokovic will hope to end a two-match losing streak against Cilic to reach his first Masters 1000 final since the 2017 Internazionali BNL d’Italia (l. to Zverev). Djokovic won the opening 14 matches in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Cilic, but has since lost both meetings against the 2016 Cincinnati champion. Since arriving at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in May, Djokovic has emerged victorious in 25 of his 29 tour-level matches.

But, despite his current form, the 13-time Grand Slam champion has been forced to work hard for his place in the semi-finals. Djokovic has been taken to a deciding set in three of his four matches this week, including his victories over defending champion Grigor Dimitrov and former World No. 3 Milos Raonic.

Cilic will be keen to carry the momentum of his dramatic victory over Djokovic in their most recent encounter at the Fever-Tree Championships in June. Cilic saved one championship point before lifting his second trophy at the prestigious grass-court event in London after two hours and 57 minutes.

Like Djokovic, Cilic has also been forced to play multiple three-set matches en route to the semi-finals. But the 29-year-old has also found his best tennis under pressure, building on an encouraging run to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals last week (l. to Nadal).

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Cincinnati Masters: Roger Federer wins second game in a day to reach semi-finals

  • Posted: Aug 18, 2018

World number two Roger Federer won his second game of the day on Friday as he beat Stan Wawrinka to reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

The seven-time champion, who began his day with victory over Leo Mayer, beat fellow Swiss Wawrinka 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.

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

“It’s quite unusual to stop for lightning,” Federer said.

“I didn’t know if it meant the end of the night or that we would come back. But I got my energy back for the third set, a momentum shift was good for me.”

After the interruption, Federer secured the first break of the match to take a 4-2 lead and closed out victory for a 23rd victory in 26 meetings with Wawrinka.

The 37-year-old will face David Goffin in the final four after the Belgian beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).

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Elsewhere, former world number one Novak Djokovic also won his second match of the day to set up a semi-final with Croat Marin Cilic.

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.

Djokovic, a five-time finalist in Cincinnati, is aiming to lift the trophy at the sole Masters 1,000 series event he has never won.

Cilic secured his semi-final place by defeating Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.

Meanwhile, women’s top seed Simona Halep recovered from 4-1 down in the opening set to beat Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-4 6-1.

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 in the third round.

She will face rising 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who upset Madison Keys of the United States 6-3 6-4.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also reached the final four with victory over Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5 5-7 6-3.

The Czech will face Kiki Bertens after the Dutchwoman defeated Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3.

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Remembering Nadal's Rise To No. 1… 10 Years On

  • Posted: Aug 18, 2018

Remembering Nadal’s Rise To No. 1… 10 Years On looks back at the rise of the iconic Spaniard to World No. 1

Ten years ago today, on 18 August 2008, Rafael Nadal first rose to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. The Spaniard had long become accustomed to playing a waiting game, in stark contrast to his on-court dynamism and tenacity. For 160 consecutive weeks, a record, he had sat in second position, denied a place at the summit of men’s professional tennis by Roger Federer, the No. 1 for a record 237 straight weeks.

In the 1,119 days between Nadal first rising to No. 2 on 25 July 2005 and finally becoming the 24th player to rank World No. 1, since the advent of the ATP Rankings in August 1973, the then 22-year-old had compiled a 220-37 match record and lifted 22 titles. He went 20-2, with three titles in 2005; 59-12 and five titles in 2006; 70-15 and six titles in 2007 and from 1 January to 18 August 2018 he compiled a 71-8 record with 8 titles.

“I had three-and-a-half good years – 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008,” said Nadal. “I was winning a lot of points every year, but there was a player that was winning more than me in Roger. That year, Novak [Djokovic] also started playing well, so for me he was another tough rival. I began questioning whether I would ever be No. 1, so it was important for me to achieve it. I believed I deserved it after playing at a high level for many weeks and it means a lot to me.”

To break Federer’s tight hold on No. 1, which had begun when the Swiss first achieved the ranking on 4 February 2004, Nadal had gone on a four-month tear, compiling a 47-2 record (including a 32-match winning streak across three different surfaces – clay, grass and hard courts). In that period between 21 April to 17 August 2005, Nadal won eight titles from 10 tournaments — including two Grand Slam championships at Roland Garros and Wimbledon (d. Federer both times), the Beijing Olympics gold medal (d. Gonzalez), three ATP World Tour Masters 1000s in Monte-Carlo (d. Federer), Hamburg (d. Federer) and Toronto (d. Kiefer), one 500-level at Barcelona (d. Ferrer) and one 250 at Queen’s Club in London (d. Djokovic).

Today, he remains at No. 1, albeit in his seventh different stint (Nadal and Federer have already moved between No. 1 and No. 2 on six occasions this year). With a 40-3 record and five trophies in 2018, Nadal has amassed 80 crowns in an illustrious career — including 17 Grand Slam championships and a record 33 Masters 1000 crowns — and with a 2,495 points gap over second-placed 21-year-old Alexander Zverev and 2,750 points ahead of Federer in the 2018 ATP Race To London, the legendary Spaniard is firmly in contention to finish the year-end No. 1 for a fifth time (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017). “To finish the year as World No. 1 is different, more important,” said Nadal. “The first time in 2008 was amazing, but it was more emotional and special to me in 2013 after overcoming problems with my knees.”


Stint At No. 1 Weeks Titles/Finals Win-Loss Record
1) 17 August 2008-5 July 2009 46 5/2 56-8
2) 7 June 2010-3 July 2011 56 6/6 84-14
3) 7 October 2013-6 July 2014 39 4/4 54-11
4) 21 August 2017-18 February 2018 26 2/1 22-3
5) 2 April-13 May 2018 6 2/0 12-0
6) 21 May-17 June 2018 4 1/0 7-0
7) 25 June 2018-present 8 1/0 10-1
Totals 185 21/13 247-37 (.867)
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