Roger Fed­erer to face No­vak Djokovic in Cincin­nati Masters fi­nal

Zambian Business Times - - SPORTS -

Roger Fed­erer has set up a show­down with No­vak Djokovic in the Cincin­nati Masters fi­nal on Sun­day after a com­fort­able semi-fi­nal win over David Gof­fin. Sec­ond seed Fed­erer was lead­ing 7-6 (7/3), 1-1 when Gof­fin re­tired with an in­jury after 62 min­utes on Satur­day.

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

"I re­alised that he was not serv­ing very big," Fed­erer said. "But it was only after he was treated that I knew some­thing might be wrong.

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

Fed­erer, a seven-time cham­pion at the event, was not un­happy to get a quick win.

"I'm go­ing to re­cover for to­mor­row," he added. "This match was er­ratic at the start with hardly any ral­lies.

"But it got bet­ter to­wards the end, I'm glad my serve has worked well all week. I'm happy to­day was fairly easy."

Djokovic, who beat 2016 win­ner Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to earn his place in the fi­nal, leads a ri­valry with Fed­erer by a thin 23-22 mar­gin with the Serb win­ning three of their last four meet­ings.

He had to work for more than two and a half hours to over­come Cilic, the 2016 cham­pion in the com­bined WTA and ATP event. Djokovic has his sights set on his­tory in Cincin­nati - the only Masters ti­tle he has yet to win

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

"It's tough, I'm very pleased to reach the fi­nal once more here," Djokovic said.

"It's been a dif­fi­cult week with rain de­lays and all that was hap­pen­ing. I've been down in my last three matches but I've come back.

"Hope­fully I can get it done this time."

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