The 30-time Masters champion held off Steve Johnson, capitalising on his ninth match point to advance 6-4, 7-6 (4) in two hours and two minutes. Novak will continue pursuit of the 'Golden Masters' when he meets Adrian Mannarino (H2H 3-0) on Wednesday
Singles draw for the Western & Southern Open was made on Friday. The tournament begins on Sunday, August 12, and will be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center till August 19. Novak is no.10 seed and will open campaign against world no.33 Steve Johnson
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will start his 2018 US Open Series campaign at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto (August 6-12). The official draw will take place on Friday, August 3. The four-time Canada Open titlist (2007, 2011, 2012, 2016) missed last year’s edition due to elbow injury.
This is Novak's fifth runner-up finish in Cincinnati, following his Final appearances in 2008-09 and 2011-12.
Novak stays on course in historic bid to become the first player to complete the Career Golden Masters with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 win over Dolgopolov.
Nole reached the last four at the Cincinnati Masters on Friday as he outplayed no.5 seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 in a rematch of the French Open final.