DJOKOVIC INTO CINCINNATI FINAL, FEDERER IN HIS WAY
Novak Djokovic is once again so close to the one title that eludes him. And the same nemesis is standing in his way, all over again.
It’s a moment in time: Djokovic vs. Federer for a title.
Djokovic closed in on a Western & Southern Open title with his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic on Saturday. Then he watched Roger Federer advance to the finals as well when David Goffin retired in the second set with a shoulder injury.
The two tennis greats haven’t faced each other in two years because of injuries. They’re back for the 18th shared title match of their careers. Djokovic leads in head-tohead title matches 11-6. Djokovid leads the overall series 23-22.
The second-ranked Federer has won it an unprecedented seven times, going 7-for-7 in finals. Three of those wins came over Djokovic, who is 0-5 in the finals. The only player with better finals results at one tournament is Rafael Nadal, who is 11-0 in both French Open and Barcelona finals.
On the women’s side, No. 1 Simona Halep will play for the title a second year in a row, facing Kiki Bertens.
Djokovic is a tantalizing 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.
In the women’s bracket, Halep reached the final for a second straight year, beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4. Like Djokovic, she’s never won the title, losing both of her chances, including the title match last year to Garbine Muguruza.
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World Cup star Kylian Mbappe’s lethal finishing and confusing VAR decisions helped Paris Saint-Germain 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.
Massachusetts man wins Mount Washington bike 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, Mass., 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, Colo., finished the course in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 5 seconds.