Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Four-time titlist Roger Federer, three-time
runner-up Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro were all quarterfinal
winners at the $2.825 million Western & Southern Open, the seventh of nine ATP
Masters events this year.
The Wimbledon champion and Olympic silver medalist Federer is the tournament's
top seed. The Swiss native got past 10th-seeded Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Fish is a two-time Cincinnati runner-up, including a loss to Federer in the
final here two years ago.
Federer advanced to face fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, who outlasted
Canada's Milos Raonic, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 on Friday.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 Djokovic whipped 12th-seeded Croat Marin
Cilic 6-3, 6-2 on Day 6. The Serbian star advanced in 1 hour, 21 minutes with
the help of seven aces.
The reigning U.S. and Australian Open titlist Djokovic, who lost to British
star Andy Murray in last year's Cincinnati finale, is fresh off his Masters
title in Toronto last week.
Djokovic will meet del Potro in Saturday's semifinals in a rematch of their
Olympic bronze-medal match from two weeks ago, which was won by the towering
Enjoying his best-ever showing this week in Cincinnati, the sixth-seeded del
Potro swatted French lucky-loser Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-3 Friday on the
hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Del Potro fired eight aces and
was not broken in the 1-hour, 16-minute affair.
Chardy stunned the defending Cincinnati champion and Olympic gold medalist
Murray in the third round here on Thursday.
The 6-foot-6 del Potro is a former U.S. Open champ who captured his bronze
medal at the London Games earlier this month.
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