Avenging his loss in the Olympic bronze medal match, Novak Djokovic handily defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. Saving 6 break points and striking 6 aces, the world no. 2 was the aggressor and broke del Potro’s serve 3 times and win 6-3, 6-2. In a post-match interview, the Argentine bronze medalist conceded to not taking advantage of his break chances, saying “against Novak or the top players, if you don’t take your opportunities, you will lose for sure”.
Djokovic has not dropped a set in the tournament and looked strong in his 87 minutes on court. The five-time grand slam champion improved his head-to-head record against del Potro to 5-2 and will play in the final here for the 4th time. The former world no. 1 has never won the title in Cincinnati and will have to get through current world no. 1 Roger Federer in order to lift the trophy. Federer has looked equally impressive in Cincinnati, winning all of his matches in straight sets.