World No. 1 Roger Federer moved closer to a fifth ATP Cincinnati Masters crown on Friday as the Swiss star crushed American Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6(4) to reach the semifinals.

Federer was in regal form as he beat Fish for the eighth time in nine meetings.

In women’s play, Angelique Kerber ended the 19-match win streak of Serena Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

China’s Li Na reached the semifinals over top seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-1 as the Polish favourite struggled with a shoulder injury.

Djokovic posts win

U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic booked a semifinal with Juan Martin del Potro by beating Marin Cilic.Second seed Djokovic took only 80 minutes to dispatch the Croatian 6-3, 6-2, improving to 7-0 in their personal series.

“It was a very good match, my best of the tournament,” Djokovic said.Argentine del Potro advanced by ending the giant-killing run of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-3.

It was the opposite story for elder Williams sister Venus, who upset defending U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4.


in last four

Indian pair Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna reached the semifinals with a hard-earned 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 win over Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.

The results:

Men: Quarterfinals: Juan Martin del Potro bt Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-3; Novak Djokovic bt Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2; Stanislas Wawrinka bt Milos Raonic 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4; Roger Federer bt Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6(4).

Women: Quarterfinals: Venus Williams bt Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4; Angelique Kerber bt Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4; Li Na bt Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-1; Petra Kvitova bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 7-6(4).

Third round: Pavlyuchenkova bt Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4; Li Na bt Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-2. — Agencies

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