Roger Federer is one step closer to claiming his 6th Western & Southern Open title after advancing to the semi-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andy Murray.
In the pair’s 22nd meeting, Federer broke the Brit five times and came back from down 1-4 in the second set, winning six of the last seven games to clinch the win.
The five-time Cincinnati champion has now won 16 of his last 18 matches to reach his 52nd ATP World Tour semi-final.
Earlier in the week, Federer became the first player to reach 300 Masters 1000 wins with his three set victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
The No.2 seed will face another young Canadian tomorrow, Milos Raonic.
When asked about Raonic’s big serve and powerful groundstrokes, Federer said, “I think if I'm playing well my reaction is there, so I don't know, I feel good about my chances. I'm aware of how good Milos is on this kind of court.”
Fifth seed Raonic advanced to the third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of his career with a 57 minute 6-1, 6-0 win over Fabio Fognini. He broke the Italian six times and saved all seven break points he faced.
Julien Benneteau rallied to defeat No.3 seed Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 Friday morning.
Benneteau, who is through to his to his first semi-final in Cincinnati, broke Wawrinka four times and won 82% of points behind his first serve during the 80 minute match.
When asked what made the difference between the first set and the last two, Benneteau said, “I try to maybe serve not that hard, to lose maybe some speed but to gain in percentage and to be more relax, especially on this shot. This is what I have done in the last three matches. It works well for the moment.”
The Frenchman betters his record against Wawrinka to 3-1 and is now 2-2 against Top 10 opponents in 2014. Benneteau continues on in the hopes of claiming his first title in 242 Tour-level tournament appearances. He will take on the Spaniard David Ferrer.
In an All-Spanish Quarterfinal, Ferrer fought through Tommy Robredo 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to solidify the third spot in the W&S Open semis.
“Well, it's not easy play with one friend, but, well, I think Tommy and me, we played a lot of times in our career,” said Ferrer.
The No.6 seed broke his fellow countryman four times and won 74% of points behind his first serve in the two hour match on Center Court.
Ferrer is through to his 15th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final and third of 2014.