Djokovic, Federer move into Cincinnati semis


Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro won their Western & Southern Open quarterfinals in straight sets on Friday, setting up a reprise of their bronze medal match at the Olympics. Del Potro won that one.

Del Potro has been nursing a sore left wrist that he’ll have examined before the US Open, which he won in 2009. He beat France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals.

Djokovic reached a Masters semifinal for the second straight week by knocking off Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2. He won the Rogers Cup in Toronto last Sunday.

“It was my best match so far here in this tournament,” Djokovic said. “Came in the right moment, really.”

Federer to meet Wawrinka

Top-ranked Roger Federer beat Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (4) in an evening match to reach the semifinals. He’ll play Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Milos Raonic 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the afternoon.

“I played really well tonight,” said Federer, who never faced a break point. “Mardy was able to lift his game in the second set.”

Kerber sinks Serena

On the women’s side, Serena Williams suffered a surprise defeat in her quarterfinal while big sister Venus progressed to her first semifinal of the year.

Serena Williams had her 19-match streak ended by Germany’s Angelique Kerber, a 6-4, 6-4 defeat that marked the first time she’d even lost a set since her title at Wimbledon.

The third-longest winning streak of her career didn’t end quietly. She flung her racket at the ground, picked it up and slammed it on the court again as the second set slipped away.

“I probably need a break,” she said.

While Serena fumed over missed shots, older sister Venus beat Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4.

Kerber’s semifinal opponent will be fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova. The Czech beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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