Western and Southern Open: Roger Federer relieved to 'hang tough' in Cincinnati

Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic: Cincinnati Masters final preview and prediction

The second-ranked Federer has won it an unprecedented seven times, going 7-for-7 in finals.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be fighting for records when the all-star pair clash in Sunday's final at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

Djokovic soon returned to form in the decider, winning 90% of his first serve points, and clinching the victory on his second match point.

The match was interrupted for 21 minutes as the players and crowd left the court during a lightning storm.

But up 5-4, Raonic was broken while serving for the set, and broken again in the deciding game to give the Djokovic the early advantage.

"Thank you for letting me win once in Cincinnati", he told Federer as they stood on court for the trophy presentation. He got a different racket and started playing better.

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Federer, the second seed, began his tournament with a comfortable 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk after a first-round bye.

Fresh off her second Rogers Cup title, Halep arrived in Cincinnati looking to extend her momentum.

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

The Serb, a 13-time Grand Slam victor, claimed a memorable Wimbledon title in July - a victory that marked the culmination of a two-year rise and fall from the very top of the game. The 10th-seeded Serb squared the match as the day's second bout of major rain moved in.

The final set came down to just a couple of crucial points. Halep has never won a Cincinnati title, losing the final match previous year to Garbine Muguruza.

Federer has won all seven of the finals he has appeared in at the ATP Masters 1000 event in OH, and is on course to triumph for the first time as a 37-year-old, having come from behind to beat Wawrinka 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 after two hours and 19 minutes.

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"That's not how I wanted to win, but I'll take it", the Swiss said. Firing 12 aces and having nearly half of his serves unreturned, the Swiss won his 11th consecutive match in Cincinnati.

"I think also I'm less stressed", she said. Djokovic completed his long recovery from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time last month.

Federer's late match Friday is against wild-card compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who finished a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Hungarian Marton Fucsovics earlier in the day.

Because of the tournament's many weather delays, Halep will be back on the court later on Friday to play Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in the quarter-finals.

"I'm feeling great, I'm so happy to win", she said after advancing on her first match point as Kvitova slammed a forehand into the net.

The former top tennis player in the world defeated Canadian player Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 for a place in the semis.

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