Federer, Ferrer advance to Cincinnati final

Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:47am EDT
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(Reuters) - Five-times champion 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.

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 year's final grand slam at the Aug. 25-Sept. 8 U.S. 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 told ESPN after the match.

"I'm happy the results show. It's more fun playing this way. Now I am playing the right way.

"It's great for the confidence to switch from clay to grass and hard courts and keep on playing well. I've had a very complete season so far.

"This is my eighth final of the season. I hope I can win another final here."   Continued...

David Ferrer (ESP) returns a shot against Julien Benneteau (not pictured) on day six of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports