Novak Djokovic fought back from a set down to claim a narrow victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday.
The world number one slipped to a 3-1 deficit in the first set after uncharacteristically dropping his serve early on, but managed to level the scores when Dolgopolov dropped his serve in the sixth game.
Though many would have expected Djokovic to push his advantage and go on to win the set, Dolgopolov broke back immediately to retake the lead and went ont to win 6-4.
The Ukrainian defended two break points in the first game of the second set and forced Djokovic to defend one in game seven, and they went on to trade breaks in the eighth and ninth games.
Djokovic eventually won the set 7-6 (7-5) via a tie break, to take the match into a third decisive set.
The Serbian’s skill and experience would eventually prove too much for Dolgopolov, as he won four consecutive games to open a 4-1 lead and held his last service game to win 6-2.
Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Roger Federer in the final on Sunday. Murray and Federer meet in the second semi-final on Saturday night.