Djokovic closing in on incredible record

Djokovic closing in on incredible record

Djokovic then watched Roger Federer advance to the final when David Goffin retired with a shoulder injury early in the second set - with the score 7-6 (7-3) 1-1 in favour of the Swiss.

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

Djokovic is trying to win the tournament for the first time.

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.

Djokovic closed in on a maiden Cincinnati trophy with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic on Saturday. "I've now got a hard final against a tough opponent".

"I didn't really serve well, but luckily I did have good second serve, which was very important for me to put it back to the court and play some rallies", Kvitova said.

Djokovic has lost all five of his Cincinnati finals.

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.

Momentum was wrestled back by Djokovic in the final set, the Serbian securing a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory. Like Djokovic, she's never won the title, losing both of her chances, including the title match a year ago to Garbine Muguruza.

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"It's tough. I'm very pleased to reach the final once more here", said the 31-year-old Wimbledon champion.

"It's been a rollercoaster week with matches and the interruptions with the rain and all that's happened", Djokovic said.

Halep, clearly frustrated when the match was halted at 3-3 in the third on Wednesday night, won three straight games to finish off the victory in 10 minutes - just in time for drizzle to set in. [1] Simona Halep will face Kiki Bertens in the women's singles final.

That puts world No 2 Federer into his eighth final of the Masters 1000 event having won all of the previous seven times he has got this far. She fell to 0-3 in Cincinnati finals, finishing as the runner-up in 2015 and each of the last two years.

"If I fight like I've done here, I will have a big chance", Halep said.

Officials called a halt to a frustrating day on which Roger Federer was never able to take the court for his third-round match against Leonardo Mayer.

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'm glad that in the important points I played aggressively - that was important today". She's fighting all the time, all the matches, so she deserves to be there'. They're back for the 18th shared title match of their careers.

Djokovic would come out strong, breaking in the third game of the match to take a 2-1 lead.

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