Saturday's action at the Western & Southern Open was headlined by both the men's and women's singles semifinals as some of the biggest names in tennis took the court in Cincinnati.
Here's a look at the day's results:
|Western & Southern Open Results: Saturday, Aug. 20|
|Andy Murray||Milos Raonic||6-3, 6-3|
|Marin Cilic||Grigor Dimitrov||4-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|Karolina Pliskova||Garbine Muguruza||6-1, 6-3|
|Angelique Kerber||Simona Halep||6-3, 6-4|
No. 15 Karolina Pliskova Def. No. 4 Garbine Muguruza
Karolina Pliskova upset No. 4-seeded Garbine Muguruza in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in a match that took just one hour.
On Sunday, she will become the first woman from the Czech Republic to ever compete in a Western & Southern Open final, per Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Groeschen noted that at No. 17 in the WTA's rankings, she became the lowest-ranked player to make this final since 2008.
Muguruza was able to build momentum with her service game, as she recorded five aces on the day while winning 20 of 28 first-serve points.
With that momentum, Pliskova continued to push the pace, ensuring that Muguruza wouldn't get comfortable while stymieing any chances of a comeback.
No. 2 Angelique Kerber Def. No. 3 Simona Halep
Just one week removed from her silver-medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Angelique Kerber clinched her spot in Sunday's final with a win in straight sets over No. 3-seeded Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-4.
Kerber managed to keep her intensity up despite a 33-minute rain delay, winning 71 percent of her service points and 45 percent of her return points.
Heading into Saturday, she needed two wins to pass Serena Williams for No. 1 in the world rankings, which means there will be more than a title on the line against Pliskova.
But she's not putting much thought into it, per Joe Kay of the Associated Press.
"One match away, still a long way to go," she said.
Pliskova and Kerber have a history of playing in finals against each other. Each of their last two meetings came with a title on the line, at the Stanford Open and Aegon Classic Birmingham. Both times, Kerber came out on top.
No. 1 Andy Murray Def. No. 4 Milos Raonic
Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray is on his way to Sunday's final, defeating Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets Saturday, 6-3, 6-3.
While Murray played a solid match, with a 100 percent success rate on break points, Raonic made it easier for him with eight double-faults and 25 unforced errors.
It was Murray's 22nd consecutive victory. He's been the hottest tennis player on the planet over the past month, and it showed against Raonic, via Tennis TV:
Murray improved to 8-3 in his career against Raonic, including a win in the Wimbledon final earlier this year.
One more win Sunday would give him his third title in Cincinnati after his triumphs in 2008 and 2011.
No. 12 Marin Cilic Def. Grigor Dimitrov
Saturday's nightcap between Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic was delayed time and again by rain, but the two semifinalists finally hit the court late in the evening to compete for a spot in Sunday's final against Murray.
While the action didn't end until 1:35 a.m. ET, Cilic finally closed out the three-set thriller with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory.
Cilic wasn't at his best throughout the evening, but his first serve was on point and carried him to victory despite repeated missteps in the first set. Cilic won 73 percent of his first-serve points—12 percent better than Dimitrov.
Cilic also won 25 return points on first serves—15 better than the opposition.
Cilic will square off against Murray for the title, but if history is any indication, Cilic should be at a severe disadvantage.
Not only is he working with less time to prepare after playing into the early hours of Sunday morning, but Murray owns an 11-2 lifetime edge against the Croatian stud.
Plus, Murray has won his last two matches against Cilic—one of which came earlier this year in Great Britain.
The last time Cilic defeated the Olympic champion was in 2014, when the two squared off at Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In the indoor hard-court quarterfinal, Cilic breezed past Murray, 6-3, 6-4.