Djokovic routs Wawrinka to book semi spot

Wawrinka was then asked if he was happy with the way that Kyrgios, who lost his opening match in Cincinnati, had apologised for the incident.


Cincinnati: Defending champion Serena Williams reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern tournament in Cincinnati but not before having her mettle tested in a 3-6 6-4 6-2 win over sixth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic on Friday.

The top-ranked player has never won at Cincinnati, the only Masters title that has eluded him.

“I gave myself another chance to fight for the trophy”, Djokovic said. “I’ve been playing well and I’m looking forward to my next one”. “I wasn’t sure how I’d come back from vacation and training”.

Victoria Azarenka, who the bookies have as second favourite to win at Flushing Meadows, had to pull out of her clash with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova due to a thigh injury.

Eighth seed Nadal, swept aside by Kei Nishikori in the Rogers Cup quarters, beat Frenchman Chardy 6-3 6-4.

In the semifinals Williams will face the No. 14 seed Elina Svitolina, who outlasted No. 7 seed Lucie Safarova 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.

After holding again, another Djokovic break in the final game summed up a meek exit from the tournament for Wawrinka.

Federer’s win over Murray was his fifth straight over the Scot.

He has lost four finals here, two apiece to Murray and Federer.

46 percent of her first serves in play and had 36 unforced errors. Mainly, he couldn’t keep up with Federer’s serve.

“That is not the story”, Federer said after beating Murray. “That was the difference”.

Goffin went on to win eight of the next 10 games to put himself in position for a massive upset but Djokovic found his groove in time to prevail.

The Swiss got off to a fast start against Murray, earning a break in the third game of the match en route to capturing the first set in 38 minutes with a forehand victor down the line. He will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarter-finals after the Ukrainian qualifier dispatched Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-3 3-6 6-4.

Murray played a superb drop shot and Federer a sublime backhand victor in a tight seventh game as the set continued to go with serve. They had earlier met 21 times and Djokovic had emerged victor 17 times and Wawrinka four times.

“I forgot how tricky Mardy was to play against”, Murray said after improving his career record to 5-4 against Fish.

“He didn’t apologise so no, but I prefer not to talk about him”, said Wawrinka.


“Ifs, a lot of ifs”. “I had to unfortunately make that decision”.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams reach semifinals at Cincinnati