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Roger to face Ferrer in final

Cincinnati: Roger Federer tamed big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win on Saturday to join Spain’s David Ferrer in the final of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Sixth seed Ferrer, playing his first semi-final in 11 trips to Cincinnati, breezed past Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 to move one win away from his 22nd title and second of the year.

In women’s singles, Serena Williams rallied past Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki to reach the final where she will face Ana Ivanovic, an upset winner over Maria Sharapova. Serena had to overcome a sluggish start to beat Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 while Serbian ninth seed Ivanovic eventually prevailed in a rollercoaster 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win over the Russian fifth seed that lasted nearly three hours.

Federer won all 16 of his service points in the first set and closed out the match in 68 minutes, sending a clear message to his rivals that he is in top shape heading into the US Open.

The 33-year-old Swiss, in a rematch of the Wimbledon semi-final that he won in three sets, improved to 6-0 against the Canadian fifth seed and will be playing in his second final in seven days after he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at last week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto. For Raonic, 23, his usual booming serve produced six aces to Federer’s two, but he also had three double faults compared to none by his opponent.

He put a bit of a dent in Federer’s serve in the second set but the Swiss managed to break serve for a third time in the eighth game of the second set, clawing back from a 0-40 hole, to record the straight sets victory.

“I’m playing much better (than last year). I can move freely again,” Federer said. “I’m happy the results show. It’s more fun playing this way. Now I am playing the right way. (Reuters)