Mason, OH (Sports Network) - The $2.825 million Western & Southern Open final
should be a treat after four-time titlist Roger Federer and three-time runner
up Novak Djokovic both won their respective semifinal matches on Saturday.
The top-seeded Federer, this year's Wimbledon champion and Olympic silver
medalist, defeated fellow Switzerland native Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
to reach his fifth final in eight years. He is currently tied with Mats
Wilander for the most wins at this event
It's the 11th time in 12 career matches between the two Swiss players that
Federer has prevailed, including nine straight. Federer converted two of his
10 break points and saved the only two he faced on Saturday.
He'll have a tough task in the second-seeded Djokovic, who avenged his loss to
Juan Martin del Potro in the bronze medal match at the London Olympics.
Djokovic recovered nicely, and the reigning Australian Open champ cruised to a
6-3, 6-2 victory.
Federer and Djokovic, who have faced each other in five of the last seven
Grand Slam events, are the top two ranked players in the world and will face
each other for a 28th time, with Federer holding a 15-12 edge.
Djokovic, however, has held the advantage as of late, winning six of the last
eight matchups. Federer took the last meeting, a four-set victory en route to
his seventh title at Wimbledon.
The Sports Network