Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up, and 2011 Strasbourg titlist Andrea Petkovic both advanced to the Western & Southern Open semifinals.
World No. 9 Berdych took out 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer 6-2, 7-6(3) to advance to his first Cincinnati semifinal. The Czech player has now defeated Federer in three out of their last four matches.
Up next for Berdych is World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The two-time Cincinnati finalist in ’09 and ’08 Djokovic now owns an 8-0 head-to-head over the Frenchman.
Meanwhile, World No. 11 Petkovic takes on ’09 Cincinnati champion Jelena Jankovic in the second women’s semifinal. The German defeated 2011 College Park champion Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-1.
Jankovic advanced to the final four when China’s Shuai Peng retired due to a left hip injury.
In men’s doubles, the top-seeded Bryan brothers, who won this year’s Wimbledon title and claimed the Cincinnati title in ’02, ’06 and ’10, advanced over the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6(5) 7-6(3) to make the semifinals.
Up next for the Bryans are the No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, who were finalists at the Australian Open earlier this year and the 2001 Cincinnati titlists. They earned a walk over to the semifinals after Berdych withdrew from the match with partner Radek Stepanek due to a right shoulder injury.
Juan Sebastian Cabal and Florian Mayer defeated Americans Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Steve Johnson 6-1, 6-3. They now meet Montreal champions and the No. 4 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.
In women’s doubles, the No. 3 seeds and two-time Grand Slam tournament winners Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the finals.
By Benjamin Snyder