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Sizzling Goffin completes busy day in Cincinnati and now meets Federer

In tennis, Belgium's number 1 David Goffin is on fire in Cincinnati. Goffin had to play two matches in a couple of hours, each time against a top-10 player, but won both of them, setting up a semi-final clash with Roger Federer. In the women's draw, Elise Mertens made Petra Kvitova work hard, but she lost in 3 sets. 

David Goffin seems to be back after months in the doldrums. The world's number 11 is through to the last four at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, after a particular feat. In half a day, he beat two top-10 players: Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro. 

First, Goffin made short work of Sout Africa's Kevin Anderson (ATP-6), a Wimbledon finalist, in straight sets: 6-2, 6-4. The schedule in Ohio had been disrupted due to the rain, and as a result Goffin had to play another match a couple of hours later, this time against Del Potro (ATP-3). A determined Goffin kept his hard-serving opponent at bay, forcing him to two tie-breaks. Goffin kept cool and won both of them, 7-5 and 7-4, taking the match 7-6, 7-6. 

I feel good on court and I am moving well

Goffin seems to be back on the highest level after months in the twilight: "It was a hard day. It was a tough, intense fight with some heavy rallies, but I'm happy. I feel good on the court and I am moving well. My victory against Tsitsipas in the first round was a real confidence-booster. Just what I needed." 

He will now meet Roger Federer (ATP-2) who had to fight hard to beat Stan Wawrinka in an epic 3-set match: "Roger is good on this kind of underground. But I will focus on my own game."

In the women's tournament, Elise Mertens (bottom photo) failed to reach the last four, though she fought 2 hours, 45 minutes against Petra Kvitova: 5-7, 7-5 and 3-6. Earlier, Mertens had ousted top-10 player Sloane Stephens.  

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