Federer to face Djokovic after Goffin withdraws

Doug Mendoza
August 20, 2018

And Federer insists he is relishing the chance to go up against Djokovic, victor of 17 Grand Slam titles, later today (9pm start United Kingdom time). "I just played and waited for the important points to go for the victor".

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

Djokovic, who beat 2016 victor Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to earn his place in the final, leads a rivalry with Federer by a thin 23-22 margin with the Serb winning three of their last four meetings.

"I'm feeling great, I'm so happy to win", she said after advancing on her first match point as Kvitova slammed a forehand into the net.

Despite facing an opponent who had to finish, and win, his third-round matchup earlier in the day, the Canadian couldn't fight off a pumped-up Djokovic in the deciding set.

Bertens is an unexpected finalist, winning only one match during three previous appearances in Cincinnati. Known as more of a clay-court player, this is the first time she has reached a hard-court final.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won all of his last seven finals in Cincinnati, including three at Djokovic's expense, and will hope to maintain his flawless record.

Djokovic leads in head-to-head title matches 11-6 and the overall series 23-22.

The momentum decisively swung in Federer's favour when a lightning storm caused the match to be suspended for 21 minutes after the second set. "Of course, I'll watch, from my bed or bath", he said. He is trying to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990.

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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.

"I've played five finals here", Djokovic said. However, Djokovic broke back in the eighth game before serving out clinically to secure victory.

On Sunday she'll try again against Dutch outsider Kiki Bertens, who will be playing her third final of the season after wearing down a tiring Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

And Goffin lasted just two games of the second set before he was forced to retire.

Women's top seed Simona Halep recovered from 1-4 down in the opening set 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. "So before the match, I'm less nervous than I used to be".

No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki retired from her match Wednesday night because of an injured left knee, her second straight disappointing exit from a tournament.

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

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

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