It’s semi-finals time at Western and Southern open in Cincinnati, the last ATP Masters before the commencement of US Open. The top seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray have eased through to the semis whereas the major surprise came when Dolgopolov took down the Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets.
The first quarter-final featured the Serb Novak Djokovic taking on the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. While many hoped for yet another high octane clash, the match turned out to be a one-sided contest with the Serb registering a comfortable straight sets (6-4, 6-1) victory over the Swiss. Novak looked solid throughout the match maintaining 69% of first serves. Novak broke the Swiss serve 4 times on 4 attempts which sealed a comfortable victory.
The major upset of the day came in the second quarter-final where the Qualifier Alexander Dolgopolov defeated the Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. While both the players failed to maintain a high first serve percentage Dolgopolov won most of the first serve points. Coming to break point conversion the Czech failed to break Dolgopolov’s serve at least once whereas Dolgopolov converted 3 times on 5 occasions.
The third quarter-final between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet turned out to be a competitive clash. The Brit managed to emerge victorious in three sets winning the second and third. Murray defeated Gasquet in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Murray fired down 8 aces and maintained a decent first serve percentage of 68%. Gasquet had a better break point conversion percentage compared to Murray but in the crucial third set Murray broke the Frenchman’s serve twice which was good enough for the Brit to seal a spot in the semis.
The last quarter final featured Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez. Lopez failed to recreate the magic he did against his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal. The Swiss defeated Lopez in straight sets 6-3,6-4 and he is just two victories away from defending his Cincinnati title and to retain his world no.2 ranking. Federer was mighty impressive with his serving firing down 8 aces and maintained 70% of the first serve. The Swiss broke Lopez’s serve twice on four attempts which were good enough to book a place in the semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Dolgopolov
Roger Federer vs Andy Murray