Cincinnati - Roger Federer and Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of
the Western & Southern Open in contrasting fashion on Friday to set up a
rematch of their Wimbledon clash.
Federer made quick work of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a 6-3 6-4 quarter-final
romp that lasted just over an hour.
Murray needed to grind out another win against Richard Gasquet, outlasting
the Frenchman 4-6 6-1 6-4 after two hours.
Third seed Murray saved a match point in the third set and fought fatigue to
win his second straight three-set battle.
"I fought and gave everything I had, but thankfully it's just been
enough in the last two days," Murray, who lost to Federer in straight sets
in the Wimbledon semi-finals, told reporters.
Earlier, top seed Novak Djokovic avenged his French Open final loss to Stan
Wawrinka by crushing the Swiss 6-4 6-1.
Djokovic, now two wins away from becoming the first player to win all nine
ATP Masters titles, needed a mere 63 minutes to dispatch fifth seed Wawrinka in
the first meeting between the players since Roland Garros.
Wawrinka denied Djokovic a chance to complete a career grand slam in Paris
but was wayward in Cincinnati, finishing with 33 unforced errors and pushing a
backhand wide on match point.
Djokovic, a four-times runner-up in Cincinnati, broke Wawrinka's serve four
times and dropped just 12 points on serve in his final tune-up event ahead of
the US Open which starts August 31.
"(My performance) came at the right time against one of my biggest
rivals and the guy I lost to last time we played in the finals of the French
Open," Djokovic said.
"Obviously I approached this match very seriously in trying to prepare
myself and get myself in a good position to win."
The world number one next faces Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov, a
6-4 6-2 winner over Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
Results on the sixth day of the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters on Friday (x denotes seeded player):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI x5) 6-4, 6-1
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) 6-4, 6-2
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x12) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB x6) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Elina Svitolina (UKR x14) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x7) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-4, 6-2