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Federer routs Fish while Serena's streak ends at 19

Published on Aug 18, 2012 11:57 AM
 
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Alex Bogomolov of Russia during the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2012 in Mason, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AFP) - World No. 1 Roger Federer moved closer to a fifth ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters crown on Friday as the Swiss star crushed American Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the semi-finals.

Federer, seeking his sixth title of the year, was in regal form as he beat Fish for the eighth time in nine meetings. The American has lost 17 of 20 sets in the one-sided rivalry.

Federer will line up on Saturday against compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka after the Swiss stormed back to beat Canadian Milos Raonic 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, in another quarter-final.

In women's play, Angelique Kerber ended the 19-match win streak of Wimbledon and Olympic champion Serena Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

 
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