Djokovic sets up del Potro rematch
updated 6:28 PM EDT, Fri August 17, 2012
Novak Djokovic will play Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Saturday
- Serb books place in semifinals of Cincinnati Masters with easy win over Marin Cilic
- Del Potro also a comfortable winner over Andy Murray's conqueror Jeremy Chardy
- Roger Federer in quarterfinal action against Mardy Fish in rematch of 2010 final
(CNN) -- Novak Djokovic coasted into the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday to set up a rematch with Juan Martin del Potro, two weeks after the Argentine defeated him in the bronze-medal match at the London Olympics.
The Serb second seed took just 80 minutes to overcome Marin Cilic 6-3 6-2 to extend his unbeaten career record over the Croatian to 7-0.
"It was my best match so far here in this tournament. Came in the right moment, really. I had the biggest challenge today with Cilic who has been playing well the last couple of months. Played a really good match," Djokovic said, ATPWorldTour.com reported.
Rafael Nadal's injury heartache
Sixth seed del Potro was in equally uncompromising mood earlier in the day dispatching Andy Murray's conqueror Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1 6-3.
Venus Williams' passion for fashion
Murray upbeat about U.S. Open despite crashing
"I think I'm in a good level at the moment after the Olympics. I have confidence to play against all the players. But anyway I'm still feeling a little difference between the top players and me. But I know I'm getting closer very slowly, so that's important. I'm working for that," del Potro said.
Del Potro will now be looking to complete his third successive victory over Djokovic after his recent win at Wimbledon and in a Davis Cup tie last September.
Djokovic says the match will be a challenge, but he isn't looking for revenge for recent defeats at the hands of the Argentine.
"It's a sport. You lose, you win, but the most important thing is to try to move on and become even better and even stronger from those experiences and try to win. So tomorrow will be my opportunity to win against him," Djokovic said, ATPWorldTour.com reported.
America's Mardy Fish takes on Roger Federer in the last quarterfinal match on Friday with the winner facing either Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka or Milos Raonic of Canada in the semifinal.
Part of complete coverage on
updated 9:22 AM EDT, Thu May 23, 2013
World No. 2 Maria Sharapova reflects on her chances of repeating last year's French Open success at Roland Garros.
updated 5:39 AM EDT, Tue May 21, 2013
Nicknamed the "kissing disease," mononucleosis or glandular fever is a viral illness that is affecting tennis stars.
updated 7:29 AM EDT, Wed May 1, 2013
She towers above him, but she can't do without him. Meet the man who has made Maria Sharapova the world's wealthiest female athlete.
updated 11:11 AM EDT, Mon April 22, 2013
When Maria Sharapova underwent shoulder surgery five years ago, many thought her tennis career wouldn't last.
updated 8:58 AM EDT, Thu April 18, 2013
Nine-year-old Rebecca Suarez stunned onlookers when she was pulled out of the crowd to team up with Del Potro against Nadal.
updated 5:15 PM EDT, Thu April 18, 2013
Janko Tipsarevic is of the belief that his fellow professionals aren't doping -- or at least not on a widespread basis.
updated 10:29 AM EDT, Thu March 21, 2013
Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska are hoping to take their relationship to a new level by emulating tennis' most famous sisters.
updated 10:02 AM EDT, Thu March 21, 2013
America's 18-time grand slam champion Chris Evert talks to Open Court about her career and training the next generation of players.
updated 9:44 AM EDT, Thu March 21, 2013
CNN's Don Riddell speaks with 11-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal during one of his comeback tournaments in Mexico.
updated 10:11 AM EDT, Thu March 21, 2013
Germany's veteran star Tommy Haas opens up to Pat Cash about being away from family on tour, and his many injuries.
updated 7:50 AM EDT, Mon March 11, 2013
You'd think John Isner and Nicolas Mahut would be sick of the sight of each other, but their friendship has grown since that epic match.
updated 11:08 AM EST, Mon March 4, 2013
Almost a decade after Andy Roddick's sole U.S. Open victory, America is still waiting for its next male grand slam winner. What's gone wrong?
updated 11:21 AM EST, Thu February 21, 2013
Open Court's Pat Cash meets American No. 1 John Isner, who experts claim has the potential to win a grand slam.
updated 4:17 AM EST, Mon February 25, 2013
CNN's Pat Cash looks at who the next U.S. grand slam champion might be.
updated 10:45 AM EST, Thu February 21, 2013
CNN's Patrick Snell looks at how the famous couple is helping groom the next generation of tennis stars.
updated 11:12 AM EST, Thu February 21, 2013
He's "Mac the Mouth" both on and off the court -- one of the most controversial and iconic players in tennis history, and he's still talking up a storm.
updated 6:31 AM EST, Tue January 29, 2013
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have transformed their careers since discovering a diet secret that is battling for mainstream acceptance.
updated 10:00 AM EST, Mon January 28, 2013
Novak Djokovic knew he was going to be a tennis star from an early age when growing up in war-torn Belgrade.
updated 8:25 AM EST, Thu January 17, 2013
Nine women, a bold proposal and a $1 bill. That was what it took for women's tennis to begin a 40-year journey of self-empowerment.