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Djokovic runs record against Raonic to perfect 9-0 in Cincy quarters

Djokovic runs record against Raonic to perfect 9-0 in Cincy quarters

Switzerland's Roger Federer and Belgium's David Goffin also ended the day with two victories to set up a semi-final meeting.

Novak Djokovic's third-round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain, forcing the pair to come back on Friday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

Despite pushing the 13-time Grand Slam victor to three sets, the native of Thornhill, Ont., couldn't solve Djokovic, losing 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinal of the Western and Southern Open on Friday.

And Goffin lasted just two games of the second set before he was forced to retire.

The Serb, who has lost in five previous finals at the hardcourt tournament that serves as the last major tuneup for the US Open, is hoping to re-write a line in the record books by becoming the first man to win titles at all of the nine Masters 1000 events.

When play resumed, Djokovic edged ahead 2-1 in the third, but another storm rolled in and organizers called a halt.

"I need to keep improving, keep working, keep doing the right thing and keep pushing myself". This match was erratic at the start with hardly any rallies. "So I have to get ready and give it a full shot".

"I have plenty of motivation".

Halep set up a quarter-final clash with Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko with her second win in six days over Barty. "I'm going for my 99th title".




"After I won Montreal [last week], I said that I want to come here to win some more matches, because after winning a title is always the feeling that "let's do more". He's 3-1 against Federer in Grand Slam finals and 12-6 overall in championship matches, including wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2015.

Along the way, he dearly wants to get a title in Cincinnati, where he's 0-5 in the finals.

"Yeah. Well, I must be very pleased with fighting spirit and staying mentally tough to overcome deficits in both matches", Djokovic said of his efforts after winning the quarterfinal match. "And to go back on the court again against Raonic, who was serving 140-plus miles (per hour) from the first game, that got me going, for sure, from the beginning".

Rain wreaked havoc on Thursday's schedule, leading to several players having to take the court twice on Friday.

Today she'll try again against Dutch outsider Kiki Bertens, who will be playing her third final of the season after wearing down a tiring Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Halep took advantage of the momentum with a break for 3-1 in the second set, only to immediately drop her serve. "To see where I was also a few weeks ago, I'm really happy to be here".

"I've played five finals here, so that's pretty OK", Djokovic said.

The 27-year-old Canadian went up love-30 in the final game, but Djokovic strung together four consecutive points to take the match.


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