Novak Djokovic’s third-round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters. Officials called a halt to a frustrating day on which Roger Federer was never able to take the court for his third-round match against Leonardo Mayer.
Wimbledon champion Djokovic to break through for a first Cincinnati win after coming up empty in five finals. He lost the first set 6-2 and won the second 6-3 when rain stopped the contest for 90 minutes.
When plan resumed, Djokovic edged ahead 2-1 in the third, but another storm rolled in and organizers called a halt. Earlier, Simona Halep and Juan Martin del Potro, at last, managed to complete weather-delayed second-round victories.
World No.1 Halep beat Ajla Tomljanovic-6, 6-3 and Del Potro got the better off South Korea’s Chung Hyeon 6-2, 6-3.
Two men’s quarter-finalists were decided as Milos Raonic defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-6(8/6), 6-4 Pablo Carreno Busta also advanced, beating Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2.
In women’s third-round action, Belgian Elise Mertens scored the second top-five win of her career, beating US Open champion Sloane Stephens 7-6 (10/8), 6-2 while Keys rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.
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