Cincinnati Masters: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to resume rivalry in quarter-final

The pair will be vying for a place in the semi-final

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were both made to work hard to ensure the latest chapter of their rivalry will be played out in the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Defending champion Federer survived what appeared to be another impending early tournament exit by raising his game to beat Tommy Haas, while fourth seed Nadal was pushed to a third set by rising star Grigor Dimitrov before prevailing in three sets.

The Swiss fifth seed has endured a difficult season, following up his only title win in Halle with a second-round defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon before slipping up in both Hamburg and on home soil at Gstaad.

After struggling with a larger prototype racket, the 32-year-old switched back to his favoured Wilson this week and the move paid dividends despite a quick 6-1 first-set raid from Germany's Haas.

Federer struggled in the second set, too, but steadily found the edge he needed on his serve to close out a 1-6 7-5 6-3 win and another date with Nadal.

The Spaniard appeared to be cruising at a set and a break up, before Bulgarian Dimitrov secured two breaks in quick succession to take the match into a decider.

Nadal broke early in the third, though, and never let the advantage slip.

He looked forward to facing Federer again, saying: "We played so many times for very important things. That makes every match very special.

"The combination of styles makes the matches very interesting. I hope to be ready for that."

The top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, had life considerably more easy - though third seed David Ferrer was beaten.

Djokovic dispatched David Goffin 6-2 6-0 in just 51 minutes and will next face American John Isner, who dispatched 12th seed Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7/4).

Murray, meanwhile, beat France's Julien Benneteau 6-2 6-2 to set up a quarter-final with Tomas Berdych, a 6-3 6-0 winner over Tommy Robredo.

Ferrer was upset by unseeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov, slipping to a 6-2 6-4 defeat.

Seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro dropped a set but closed out a 6-4 1-6 6-4 over Feliciano Lopez to complete the quarter-final line-up.

The top two seeds in the women's draw progressed as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka sealed straight-sets wins.

Williams was a 6-4 6-1 win over Germany's Mona Barthel and will next face Simona Halep.

The Romanian continued her good form, following up the win over Marion Bartoli which sent the Wimbledon champion into retirement with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory over 11th seed Sam Stosur.

Second seed Victoria Azarenka sealed a comfortable 6-3 6-4 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova to set up a match against Caroline Wozniacki, a 3-6 6-2 6-3 winner over Petra Kvitova.

Li Na remained in contention to defend her title by ousting Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4 but fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska showed her credentials with a one-sided 6-0 6-2 dismissal of Elena Vesnina.

Roberta Vinci beat her fellow Italian and doubles partner Sara Errani 6-4 6-3 to book a face-off with Jelena Jankovic, who was given a tough workout by home hopeful Sloane Stephens on her way to a 3-6 7-5 7-5 win.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
This weekend's 'Big Hero 6' by Disney Animation Studios
arts + ents
News
i100
News
Budapest, 1989. Sleepware and panties.
newsDavid Hlynsky's images of Soviet Union shop windows shine a light on our consumerist culture
Arts and Entertainment
Eleanor Catton has hit back after being accused of 'treachery' for criticising the government.
books
News
In humans, the ability to regulate the expression of genes through thoughts alone could open up an entirely new avenue for medicine.
science
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee