Saturday, August 22, 2015 2:19 pm
Roger Federer will face a familiar foe, Andy Murray in Saturday’s semi-finals in Cincinnati after the Scot rallied from a set down to turn aside Richard Gasquet.
The Swiss ace, 34 years old and firing on all cylinders in his quest for an unprecedented seventh Western & Southern Open crown, had downed Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 6-4
Tonight’s encounter will be the first match between Federer and the 28 year old Murray , since Federer notched a sensational 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 win against Murray in the Wimbledon semis in June.
Federer at the moment owns a 13-11 edge over Murray in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.
The second semi-final match will be between world number one, Novak Djokovic and Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Dolgopolov will look to overturn a 0-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic, who defeated Stan Wawrinka in the first quarter-final. Dolgopolov pushed Djokovic to three sets in their last meeting in Miami earlier this year.
Dolgopolov reached his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final on Friday as he upset sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The Ukrainian took the place of the injured Kei Nishikori in the main draw and has powered on after a first-round bye, notching his first main draw win in Cincinnati with victory over Bernard Tomic before setting the clash with Berdych after beating Jerzy Janowicz.
The 26-year-old Dolgopolov claimed the eighth Top 10 win of his career (8-33 mark) as he dismantled Berdych in 75 minutes. The right-hander recorded his first win in five meetings with the Czech as he won 81 per cent of his service points and converted two of five break points.
Dolgopolov will contest his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final since 2014 Indian Wells, where he defeated Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic before his run was ended by Roger Federer. He is the first qualifier through to the Cincinnati semi-finals since David Wheaton in 1994.