Federer and Djokovic to meet in final after Goffin withdrawal
21 August, 2018, 15:43 | Author: Delia Walker
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.
He beat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov a few hours earlier, completing a match suspended overnight because of rain and returned a few hours later to play a rested opponent.
Djokovic broke Raonic's serve twice in a row to close the first set before he had his serve broken in what was otherwise a back-and-forth second set.
Enraged by his poor play in the opening set, Djokovic slammed his racket on the court and rallied for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Friday night to reach the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open, the only ATP Masters event he has yet to win.
With the weather holding, organizers hoped to have the tournament on schedule by the end of the day, with matches featuring Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic still to come. She beat the Australian in the semi-finals in Montreal an her way to the title there.
In women's third-round action, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina advanced efficiently to the last eight.
The Serb, a 13-time Grand Slam victor, claimed a memorable Wimbledon title in July - a victory that marked the culmination of a two-year rise and fall from the very top of the game.
"It's been a rollercoaster week with matches and the interruptions with the rain and all that's happened", Djokovic said.
The Swiss was not as forgiving with the next opportunities that came his way and he racked up five games in succession to take the first set in just 24 minutes.
Along the way, he dearly wants to get a title in Cincinnati, where he's 0-5 in the finals. For sure I'm sad and disappointed to lose, but for me it's a big victory for myself after what I had a year ago.
Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios split two tiebreaks before Del Potro prevailed in the third set for a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-2 win.
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.
"My sixth time, I'll try to win the title", he said.
"If I fight like I've done here, I will have a big chance", Halep said.
Federer's late match Friday is against wild-card compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who finished a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Hungarian Marton Fucsovics earlier in the day.
Halep set up a quarter-final clash with Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko with her second win in six days over Barty.
"I was fortunate to read his serve on several occasions. Today I tried to really focus on just the one match, not thinking that there is possibly going to be two".
Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka for a place in the final after the unseeded Belarusian saved 10 break points en route to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys.
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