It was quarterfinal Friday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, as just eight men and eight women remained in each of the singles brackets.
Here are the final results from all of the day's action:
|Western & Southern Open Results: Friday, Aug. 19|
|Milos Raonic||Dominic Thiem||6-3, 6-4|
|Grigor Dimitrov||Steve Johnson||7-6, 6-2|
|Maran Cilic||Borna Coric||6-2, 0-0 (Coric retired)|
|Andy Murray||Bernard Tomic||6-4, 6-4|
|Karolina Pliskova||Svetlana Kuznetsova||6-3, 4-6, 6-2|
|Angelique Kerber||Carla Suarez Navarro||4-6, 6-3, 6-0|
|Garbine Muguruza||Timea Babos||6-4, 6-3|
|Simona Halep||Agnieszka Radwanska||7-5, 6-1|
The quarterfinals on both sides featured some players who recently made it back from the biggest sporting event in the world.
Fresh off her silver-medal performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Angelique Kerber returned to the WTA Tour in strong fashion, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro to make it to the semifinals.
With a lot of tennis and traveling under her belt, Kerber started out slow, dropping the first set, but she hit another gear in the second and third sets to close out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win.
She managed to pull out the win despite recording 10 double-faults, making up for them with her brilliant play on break points. Of 19 opportunities, she saved 16.
Kerber is now two wins away from overtaking Serena Williams as the world's No. 1 women's tennis player, as the WTA showed:
In order to do so, she'll have to take down Simona Halep in the semifinals Saturday. Simona defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-1. The other women's semifinal will feature Karolina Pliskova against Garbine Muguruza.
Olympic men's singles gold medalist Andy Murray didn't have much trouble in the night's finale against Bernard Tomic, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
The Scotsman used his big serve to dominate the match, collecting 10 aces on the evening while winning 85 percent of his first-serve points.
While he used his power to set the tone, he wasn't afraid to use his finesse play, either, as Tennis TV showed:
Murray has been unstoppable as of late, winning 21 consecutive matches in a run that included his 600th career win during the round of 16.
On Saturday, Murray will face Canadian Milos Raonic, whom Murray beat in the final at Wimbledon earlier this year. Raonic defeated Dominic Thiem on Friday, 6-3, 6-4.
In the other men's semifinal, Marin Cilic will face Grigor Dmitrov.
Stats courtesy of ProTennisLive.com.