Djokovic moves a step closer to 1st Cincin­nati ti­tle

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

No­vak Djokovic closed in on the one ti­tle that has eluded him, reach­ing the fi­nal of the West­ern & South­ern Open on Satur­day with a three-set vic­tory over Marin Cilic.

His 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win moved him one vic­tory away from the only ATP Mas­ters 1000 ti­tle he's never claimed. Djokovic is try­ing to be­come the first to win all nine events since the se­ries started in 1990.

One big hur­dle: a po­ten­tial re­match with Roger Fed­erer, who faced David Gof­fin in the other semi­fi­nal. Fed­erer has won an un­prece­dented seven Cincin­nati ti­tles, beat­ing Djokovic three times in cham­pi­onship matches.

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.

Top-ranked Si­mona Halep played later Satur­day against Aryna Sa­balenka, try­ing to reach the fi­nals for the third time.

A week of rain de­lays and dou­ble-duty days wore on play­ers, many of whom wound up play­ing twice in a day.

Cy­cling

Mount Wash­ing­ton race: A 30-year-old Mas­sachusetts man won a bi­cy­cle race up Mount Wash­ing­ton in Pinkham Notch, N.H., the high­est peak in the north­east­ern United States.

Barry Miller, of Bev­erly, Mas­sachusetts, was the top fin­isher in the Mount Wash­ing­ton Auto Road Bi­cy­cle Hill­climb up the 7.6-mile as­cent to the sum­mit of the 6,288-foot peak in 53 min­utes and 34 sec­onds.

In the women's race, 40-year-old Aimee Vassee, of Long­mont, Colorado, fin­ished the course in 1 hour, 4 min­utes and 5 sec­onds.

Soc­cer

Ron­aldo re­lies on team­mates at Ju­ven­tus: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo had to rely on his team­mates to make a win­ning start to his Ju­ven­tus ca­reer. For the thou­sands of fans who de­scended on the me­dieval city of Verona, this was one of the rare oc­ca­sions when the five-time world player of the year couldn't score though he came close. Fed­erico Bernarde­schi scored a stop­page­time win­ner as the Bian­coneri fought back from a goal down to beat Chievo Verona 3-2.

World Cup star Kylian

Mbappe's lethal fin­ish­ing and con­fus­ing VAR de­ci­sions helped Paris Sain­tGer­main to a sec­ond straight win at the start of its French ti­tle de­fense. Mbappe came off the bench to score twice in the 3-1 vic­tory at Guingamp on but the vic­tory was over­shad­owed by a con­tentious VAR de­ci­sion in PSG's fa­vor, and a seem­ingly clear penalty not given to Guingamp with the scores level.

Eden Haz­ard came

off the bench to set up a late win­ning goal by Mar­cos Alonso as Chelsea beat Arse­nal 3-2 in a fre­netic Lon­don derby for its sec­ond straight win in the Pre­mier League.

Box­ing

Fury sets up Wilder fight: For­mer world heavy­weight cham­pion Tyson Fury won the sec­ond fight of his come­back, clear­ing the path to a po­ten­tial bout with WBC ti­tle­holder Deon­tay Wilder later in 2018.

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