Friday started rainy and gloomy with a good chance for more rain in the evening. That rain never came and the remaining round of 16 matches and quarterfinal matches were all played. Here's the break down.
(7) Marin Cilic defeats (13)Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (7), 6-4
Of the four quarter finals this one probably drew the least interest of the fans which lead to it being played on court three. It ended up being a very close match with Cilic moving to the semifinals.
(10) Novak Djokovic defeats Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6-6-3
In what was a back and fourth seasaw match, Djokovic managed to dig out a win against the veteran Canadian. Djokovic moves on to the semifinals still searching for his first title in Cincinnati.
(11) David Goffin defeats (4) Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3)
The score should indicate how tight this match was. Both players traded shots and in the end Goffin was able to take the two tiebreaks and advance to the semifinals
(2) Roger Federer defeat Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-2
This match was briefly delayed by lightning. Lightning did strike for Federer as after two very close sets, he finally found his missing gear and cruised in the third set to make another appearance in the semifinals.
(10) Novak Djokovic vs (7) Marin Cilic 2:00 pm Center Court
(2) Roger Federer vs (11) David Goffin 7:00 pm Center Court
(1) Simona Halep defeats Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1
Halep was down early in the first set 1-4. After a brief chat with coach Darren Cahill, Halep would win the next 10 games in a row, and 11 of the final 12 to lock in a trip to the semifinals.
Aryna Sabalenka defeats (13) Madison Keys 6-3, 6-4
Keys never seemed to be able to find her footing in this match, and Sabalenka would capitalize sending the last American in either draw on to New York early.
(8) Petra Kvitova defeats (15) Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Mertens came off a big win over SLoane Stephens in the round of sixteen, but could not maintain that momentum as she would fall to Kvitova.
Kiki Bertens defeats (5) Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3
Every tournament has it's hot player, and this tournament's might be Kiki Bertens. With wins over Coco Vanderwehge, Caroline Wozniacki (retired), Kontaveit, and now Svitolina, Bertens is looking to ride this momentum into the semifinals.
(1) Simona Halep v. Aryna Sabalenka 4pm Center Court
(8) Petra Kvitova v. Kiki Bertens 12:00 noon Center Court