Del Potro and Djokovic reach Cincinnati semis
By Joe Kay, AP
August 19, 2012, 12:18 am TWN
MASON, Ohio -- 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.
He won that match,” Djokovic said. “It happens. You lose, you win, but the most important thing is to try to move on and become even better and even stronger from those experiences. And try to win.”
Del Potro has been nursing a sore left wrist that he'll have examined before the U.S. Open, which he won in 2009. He beat France's Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals.
The Argentine missed most of the 2010 season while recovering from surgery on his right wrist. The doctor who performed that surgery will look at the other one following the Cincinnati tournament.
“The good thing: I'm not getting worse, so I can play,” he said. “But anyway, I want to wait (for) what the doctor says because I have experience on my other wrist.”
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.
The Serb was fresh on Friday, having spent only a half-hour on court the previous day. Russia's Nikolay Davydenko had to quit after losing the first set 6-0 on Thursday night because of a sore shoulder that interfered with his serve.
“It was my best match so far here in this tournament,” Djokovic said. “Came in the right moment, really.”
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.
Federer skipped the Rogers Cup, taking a week off the tour after playing the Olympics. He's been sharp on the hard courts this week, playing what he called “high-quality tennis.”
“I played really well tonight,” said Federer, who never faced a break point. “Mardy was able to lift his game in the second set.”
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.