Roger Federer battles past Peter Gojowczyk in opener — ATP Cincinnati

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion will face long-time rival Djokovic, who won Wimbledon last month having overcome his lengthy injury struggles to rediscover his best tennis.

"Thank you for letting me win once in Cincinnati", he told Federer as they stood on court for the trophy presentation.

The Serb followed up a third-round victory over holder Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.

Federer won their only previous final here in 2015 in straight sets.

In the men's draw, 11th-seeded David Goffin upset sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals for the first time in three tries.

A week of rain delays and double-duty days wore on players, many of whom wound up playing twice in a day.

"I haven't played any matches on the centre court.

"It's quite unusual to stop for lightning", Federer said after beating Wawrinka for the 23rd time in 26 meetings.

"I just need to get out there and really fight, I was telling myself to fight", the two-time Wimbledon champion said.

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"So I just had to hang tough, not get frustrated, and hope that I was not going to throw in a frightful service game or that he was going to connect perfectly. I'm in a good position, so I'll take it step by step". The third-ranked Stephens couldn't overcome 37 unforced errors that helped Mertens get only her second career win over a Top 5 player.

Petra Kvitova, who toppled Serena Williams in the second round, reached the last eight with a 6-4, 6-2 win over France's Kristina Mladenovic. We were both in trouble during the match. Close match, also. Today was against Roger.

Federer felt exhausted when he sat during the lightning delay, unsure whether the match would resume. This week again I'm playing some good tennis, some big tennis.

"I didn't know if it meant the end of the night or that we would come back". "I sat down and felt so heavy".

Fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro outlasted Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 while seventh seeded Marin Cilic beat young Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-4.

But up 5-4, Raonic was broken while serving for the set, and broken again in the deciding game to give the Djokovic the early advantage.

Halep has faced the most challenges from the rain, with one match suspended overnight Wednesday and then her third-round match held over for a day as well. "That's going to be a new experience for me". "I will not complain, but it was a tough day".

In women's third-round action, reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens was eliminated while Madison Keys, runner-up at Flushing Meadows past year, moved on.

Double Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova reached the final four over Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

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