Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

Cincinnati Masters Rain Slows Novak Djokovic Sloane Stephens Ousted

Del Potro will face David Goffin, who upset Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals for the first time in three tries.

The Belgian needed treatment for a shoulder problem after losing the opening set.

In the women's bracket, Halep reached the final for a second straight year, beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4.

The Swiss was not distressed to get a quick win.

The 20-time grand slam champion was in action twice on Friday due to the weather, getting past Leonardo Mayer in straight sets before returning to account for Wawrinka in a quarter-final that was suspended in the second set due to lightning.

"I think also I'm less stressed", she said.

Djokovic leads a rivalry, which dates to 2006, by a thin 23-22 margin with the Serb winning three of their last four meetings. "I just need to get out there and really fight, I was telling myself to fight", the two-time Wimbledon champion said. "I've now got a hard final against a tough opponent".

Djokovic acknowledges he would especially enjoy winning the title, which would make him the only player to win all nine ATP Masters events.

Djokovic has lost all five of his Cincinnati finals. "Obviously, this time I'm hoping I get my hands on the trophy".

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.

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

"It's going to be a big challenge for me to play another final and win it", she said.

"It's been a hard week with rain delays and all that was happening".

It was the second fightback of the day for Halep, who came from a break down in each set to overhaul Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 several hours earlier in the third round. 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. Halep has never won a Cincinnati title, losing the final match previous year to Garbine Muguruza. "She was serving big - it was 110mph every time", said Halep. I was feeling my forehand really well. "It was a close match today, so I'm just relieved that I got through it somehow".

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.

"I have a lot of respect for him [but] I'm excited to be in another final in Cincinnati".

Bertens will face the victor of Saturday's second semi-final between world number one Simona Halep and Aryna Sabalenka for the title on Sunday.

Playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon, Swiss Federer lost just four first-serve points and did not face a break point in the match.

Halep broke in the final game to move through as Sabalenka volleyed long on a second match point after 76 minutes.

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