Halep downs Barty to move into quarter-finals

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The second-ranked Federer has won it an unprecedented seven times, going 7-for-7 in finals.

Novak Djokovic edged closer to a historic Cincinnati Masters title yesterday, book his spot in the final with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic. I had a tough match last week against Rafa [Nadal].

I played three match in a row last week, a three-setter, three-setter, and then finish with a tight match against Rafa.

Still Barty fought back and had a break point in the final game that would have levelled the score at 5-5, but Halep sealed victory with a backhand victor.

The result sets up the prospect of a mouth-watering final between Djokovic and Roger Federer, one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport. Goffin stopped play after 63 minutes, with Federer serving at 1-1 40/30 in the second set.

Raonic would break Djokovic's serve early in the second set and coast through his service games en route to taking the second set by a score of 6-4.


Halep will be playing for her second major title in as many weeks after beating reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens for the title in Montreal.

After reaching the final five times and losing every time - three to Federer - Djokovic jumped and punched the air in celebration of his breakthrough.

Djokovic admitted after the match that he is "very expressive of emotions", which sometimes works in his favour, and sometimes doesn't. Close match, also. Today was against Roger.

On the women's side, world number one Simona Halep is hoping it will be third time lucky in Cincinnati after booking her finals berth with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Aryna Sabalenka.

The 27-year-old Canadian went up love-30 in the final game, but Djokovic strung together four consecutive points to take the match.

Djokovic completed his rain delayed match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov as the Serbian star overcame the defending champion 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 after the match resumed in the third set.


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.

Along the way, he dearly wants to get a title in Cincinnati, where he's 0-5 in the finals.

"That's not how I wanted to win, but I'll take it", the Swiss said.

In the women's bracket, Kiki Bertens advanced to her first Western & Southern Open final, wearing down No. 8 Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 for a chance at her second title of the season. "So before the match, I'm less nervous than I used to be". "I'm really happy I can go through this, and tonight I'll have another match".

"I had to keep it cool, she gets lot of balls back", Keys said. Play was called Thursday evening with Djokovic serving at 2-6, 6-3, 2-1.


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