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Rain slows Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati Masters, Sloane Stephens Ousted



Rain slows Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati Masters, Sloane Stephens Ousted

Novak Djokovic third round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain, forcing the pair to come back on Friday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

Official called a halt to a frustrating day on which Roger Federer was never able to take the court for his third round match against Leonardo Mayer. Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is vying to break through for a first

Cincinnati win after coming up empty in five finals. He lost the first set 2-6 and won the second 6-3 when rain stopped the contest for 90 minutes.


When play resumed , Novak Djokovic edged 2-1 in the third, ,but another storm tolled in and organizer called a halt.
Cincinnati remains the only one of the nince Masters 1000 events that the Serb star has not won , he has lifter trophies at least twice at each of the other eight events in the elite ATP series.

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov, who has won just one of eight prior encounters with Novak Djokovic prevailed easily in the opening set and broke early in the second before Novak Djokovic roared back, broke for a second time to take a 5-3 lead.


The 10th seeded Serb squared the match as the days second bout of major rain moved in. Earlier , Simona Halep and Juan Martin del Patro at last managed to complete weather-delayed second round victories.

World number one Halep took advance of an early afternoon respite from the weather to finish off a 4-6,6-3,6-3 victory.


World number three del Potro had played just six points in the first game of his postponed second round match against Chung Hyeon before the rain came again.


reported by sports ndtv.

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