Novak Djokovic defeated No.7 seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to advance into his sixth final at the ATP 1000 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Novak made an early break and then held for the remainder of the first set, saving the two break points he faced, to close out the set 6-4 in 57 minutes.
Cilic, who had won his previous two meetings against Djokovic, made a better start to the second set as he broke Novak twice, in the second and sixth game, to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Novak broke back once, but, at 5-3, the Croatian, held to love to take the match into a decider final set.
After an early exchange of breaks in the third set, Novak curled a beautiful forehand down the line to earn the decisive break. Up 5-3, Novak served out for the match to progress into his 101st ATP Career Singles Final in two hours and 32 minutes.
“It’s tough. I’m very pleased to reach the final once more here,” said the 30-times Masters 1000 winner.
“Hopefully I can get it done this time.”
“It’s been a difficult week with rain delays and all that was happening. I’ve been down in my last three matches but I’ve come back.”
Novak will be chasing history on Sunday when he faces World No.2 and 7-times Cincinnati Champion Roger Federer in the final. (Not before 04:00 pm local time, 01:30 am IST, 10:00 pm CET)
Victory in the final would make Djokovic the first man to have won all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.