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MASON---Novak Djokovic had to rally against a
lowly qualifier to get another shot at a title he s never
won. Next in his way: Roger Federer, who has more
Cincinnati trophies than anyone else.
Djokovic took a medical timeout in the second set,
got a little help in the tiebreaker, and pulled away to
a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov
yesterday to reach the finals of the Western & Southern
GREENSBORO---Tiger Woods kept himself in con-
tention for a victory at the Wyndham Championship
that would propel him into the postseason.
Woods shot a 2-under 68 in the third round yes-
terday, leaving him two strokes behind leader Jason
Gore in a three-way tie for second. Gore had a 62
to reach 15-under 195 at Sedgefield Country Club.
Woods---whose streak of 28 holes without a bogey
ended on the 18th when his 6-foot par putt lipped
out---reeled off 10 straight pars before briefly moving
within one stroke of Gore with a birdie on the par-
3 16th. Jonas Blixt and Scott Brown joined Woods
at 13 under. Blixt shot a 62, and Brown had a 66.
Former Wyndham winners Webb Simpson (64)
and Brandt Snedeker (67) were three strokes back
along with Paul Casey (66), Jim Herman (66) and
Cameron Percy (67). Woods was poised to make a
run at his first win in more than two years---one that
would earn him enough points to clinch a spot in
the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week in New
Jersey. Depending on the math, a solo second-place
finish also might be enough for Woods, who's at No
187. He also moved one step closer to the 80th PGA
Tour victory---first since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone
For Woods, this day was about consistently making
pars---15 in all, including a remarkable save on the
10th with a 24-foot putt. His only birdie on the back
nine was an important one. He plopped his tee shot
on 16 about 12 feet from the hole and rolled in the
putt to move to 14 under before giving that stroke
back on his final hole. Gore started the round six
strokes off the lead. He took over the top spot at 14
under with a birdie on the 15th, then closed with
another on the 18th---hitting his second shot to 7 to
set up his ninth birdie of the day. (AP)
into Cincinnati finals
...will face Federer
Open. He'll face Federer, a six-time champion who
has never lost a Cincinnati title match.
By contrast, the world's top-ranked player has never
won the tournament--the only one of the nine ATP
Masters to elude him. Djokovic is 0-4 career in the
finals at Cincinnati, where he's never even won a set.
He needs that one elusive title to become the first
player to win all nine ATP Masters during his career.
"I gave myself another chance to fight for the trophy,"
Djokovic said. "That was the goal and that was the
wish coming here in Cincinnati. Obviously last couple
of years, it was always in the back of my mind, the
potential history making, and obviously that motivates
me even more. "Having that in back of my mind
helped me to go through matches like the one today."
Federer used his steady serve to beat Andy Murray
6-4, 7-6 (6) in the other semifinal. The defending
champion is trying for an unprecedented seventh title
It's his first tournament since he beat Murray in
straight sets at Wimbledon before losing to Djokovic
in the finals. And he's looking very fresh, especially
with his serve. He hasn't been broken during his four
matches, a total of 29 service games. He lost only 14
points off his serve while beating Murray for the fifth
time in a row. For a while, it looked like Djokovic was
going to come up short of his finals destination again.
He needed a few mistakes by the 66th-ranked Ukranian
to help him pull it out. Dolgopolov took advantage of
Djokovic's sluggish start and won the first set in 31
minutes. It wasn't the first time that Djokovic has
fallen behind to him: Dolgopolov got up 7-6, 4-1 at
Miami earlier this season before losing in three sets.
Djokovic took a medical timeout after the fifth game
of the second set. A trainer checked his lower rib cage
on his left side and his abdomen---Djokovic called it
a "minor problem." He went back out on court and
took it to a tiebreaker. (AP)
Woods 2 strokes behind
Gore after 3rd round
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns the ball to Alexandr Dolgopolov, of the
Ukraine, in the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament,
yesterday in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic won 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. AP PHOTO
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