Western & Southern Open Semifinals Set as Federer and Halep Advance

Roger Federer and Simona Halep both posted quarterfinal victories during Friday’s night session to advance to the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Federer defeated Feliciano Lopez, who upset Rafael Nadal in the Round 16, 6-3 6-4 continuing his aggressive play that has stifled opponents all week.

The two-seed fired 12 winners while winning 83 percent of total service points, losing just four service points, in the first set. He would only need one break of serve in the first set which he would get in the sixth game of the set as Lopez buried himself in a 0-40 service game.

Coming into tonight’s match Federer had not faced a break point on his serve but that would change in the second set, serving at 2-3. Lopez found himself up 0-40, looking to get a foot in the door, before Federer steadied his service game and held with five straight points. Roger would break in the next game, and comfortably coast to the victory.

“I did feel good, especially in the first set. Second set a little less maybe. It was also important game to hold being down 0‑40,” Federer said of the match. “You know, it’s good I got out of that game and was able to break right away and then and bring it home.  Yeah, things tend to get away from you super-fast against big servers, especially on a surface that’s faster like here.”

The second match of the night session on Center Court saw Simona Halep defeat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6(3), 6-2 to move within one win of reclaiming the World No. 2 ranking.

The first set was a battle for both players, Halep firing 12 winners and 17 unforced errors while Pavlyuchenkova fired 24 winners and unforced errors. But the Romanian was the steadier of the two on the bigger points as she would take the first set tiebreak 7-3.

Halep would race to a 3-0 lead in the second set and not look back as both women traded breaks before Halep closed out the set and match at 7-6, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Should Halep reach the finals of the Western & Southern Open she would surpass Maria Sharapova in the WTA rankings, moving up to the second ranked position. Doing so would have major implications for the US Open, as she would be placed opposite Serena Williams in the draw, avoiding the world’s number ranked player until the final.

Both men’s and women’s semifinals matchups are set, with the men starting at 1p and women’s matches starting at 7p.
Men’s Semifinals:
[1] Novak Dkjokovic v [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov;  [2] Roger Federer v [3] Andy Murray


Women’s Semifinals: [1] Serena Williams v [14] Elina Svitolina;  [3] Simona Halep v Jelana Jankovic

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