Cincinnati, Aug 18 World number two Roger Federer posted his second win of the day, amid a lightning fear interruption, to reach the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Friday.
Kiki Bertens advanced to her first Western & Southern Open final on Saturday, wearing down No. 8 Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 for a chance at her second title of the season.
Play was finally halted two points into the third set. "Before I was like, 'Oh, I play on center court and a lot of people are watching.' But now I'm just more relaxed".
"Obviously the match against Dimitrov yesterday didn't start so well for me. "So I have to get ready and give it a full shot".
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The semi-final swung in Djokovic's favour then, however, when he broke Cilic's serve for 5-3 before serving for victory.
"So I just had to hang tough, not get frustrated, and hope that I was not going to throw in a terrible service game or that he was going to connect perfectly".
Cilic came into the contest having won their last two meetings, including victory in the Queen's final earlier this year, and also with the knowledge that he had a touch more pedigree at the venue.
"My sixth time, I'll try to win the title", he said.
Federer, who has won the title in Cincinnati seven times, will now face Belgium's David Goffin, who pulled off a surprise win against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, fourth seeded, reports Efe. Like Djokovic, she's never won the title, losing both of her chances, including the title match previous year to Garbine Muguruza. He's 3-1 against Federer in Grand Slam finals and 12-6 overall in championship matches, including wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2015.
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"Yeah. Well, I must be very pleased with fighting spirit and staying mentally tough to overcome deficits in both matches", Djokovic said of his efforts after winning the quarterfinal match.
Women's top seed Simona Halep recovered from 1-4 down in the opening set, reversing her losing momentum to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1.
World number 17 Bertens, who played and won two matches on Friday after rain interruptions this week, looked fitter that two-time Wimbledon victor Kvitova in hot, humid conditions.
Djokovic has reached the finals in Cincinnati five times and lost every time. "To see where I was also few weeks ago, I'm really happy to be here", he added.
But the Serbian clawed back to 5-5 and, when Raonic double faulted on break point, Djokovic was sure to take the opportunity to claim the first set.
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The 27-year-old Canadian went up love-30 in the final game, but Djokovic strung together four consecutive points to take the match.