Cincinnati Masters: Novak Djokovic reaches final with victory over Marin Cilic

Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic: Cincinnati Masters final preview and prediction

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic highlight the men's semifinals, needing a win on Saturday to play each other for the title.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer continued his mastery over Stan Wawrinka, but not before getting a fright en route to a 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 quarter-final victory.

"Waiting around all day and hardly seeing any tennis obviously is never fun for the tournament and the fans", Federer said. "He's the first to do it. "These performances don't come easy".

David Goffin's withdrawal due to injury afforded Roger Federer a walkover route into his eighth Cincinnati Masters final, with Novak Djokovic awaiting him in OH on Sunday.

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. The 10th-seeded Serb squared the match as the day's second bout of major rain moved in.

After losing his serve, Djokovic bashed his racket on the court three times, sending pieces of the frame flying.

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Despite pulling double duty, Cilic got the better of Carreno Busta in what was a lengthy first-set tiebreaker, finally clinching it on his fourth set point.

"This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level", he said.

The German was in trouble on his next service game, falling behind 15-40. Djokovic broke that streak to go up 4-3 in the opening set, prompting Federer to mutter angrily.

Djokovic only secured his defeat of the Croatian late in the final set, breaking for 5-3 and finishing off the hard-fought victory in the next game.

Reflecting on the loss, Wawrinka said that he is happy to play a high-level tennis and further asserted that he needs to keep improving his game. "That's going to be a new experience for me". Moments later, she covered her face for a joyous cry, wiping the tears away with her sweat-soaked blue wristband.

Three of those wins came over Djokovic, who is 0-5 in the finals.

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"I feel like she missed more than me today", Halep said of Barty. "That's very different, playing two matches in one day".

Federer, the second seed, began his tournament with a comfortable 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk after a first-round bye. "I'm really exhausted but I'm happy that I could win both". "I didn't take my chance".

"I could see that he was unhappy, but I thought he was going to play on".

Halep will be ranked No. 1 through the U.S. Open. Halep would become the first woman since 1973 to win Canada and Cincinnati back to back. "I will not complain, but it was a tough day". "But I also take the positive from these two weeks".

Petra Kvitova, a Cincinnati semi-finalist in 2012, reached the last eight with a 6-4, 6-2 win over France's Kristina Mladenovic. Now, it's on to his first Cincinnati final in three years.

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