On Friday, Roger Federer, the World number two won his second game of the day as he beat Stan Wawrinka to reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.
The seven-time champion, who began his day with victory over Leo Mayer, beat fellow Swiss Wawrinka 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-2. For 21 minutes, the match was interrupted as the players and crowd left the court during a lightning storm.
Federer said: “It’s quite unusual to stop for lightning. I didn’t know if it meant the end of the night or that we would come back. But I got my energy back for the third set, a momentum shift was good for me.”
After the interruption, Federer secured the first break of the match to take a 4-2 lead and closed out victory for a 23rd victory in 26 meetings with Wawrinka. In the final four, he will face David Goffin after the Belgian beat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4).
The former world number one Novak Djokovic also won his second match of the day to set up a semi-final with Croat Marin Cilic. Earlier in the day, the Serb followed up a third-round victory over holder Grigor Dimitrov with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.
The five-time finalist in Cincinnati, is aiming to lift the trophy at the sole Masters 1,000 series event he has never won. Cilic secured his semi-final place by defeating Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.
Simona Halep, the women’s top seed recovered from 4-1 down in the opening set to beat Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-4 6-1.
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