CINCINNATI: Five-time former champion Roger Federer continued his dominance over hard-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic with a 6-2, 6-3 win on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to reach the final of the ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.
The 33-year-old Federer, who advanced to the semis with a straight set win over Scotland’s Andy Murray, has now won all six-career meetings against Raonic.
Federer’s victory sets up the battle of the 30-somethings, as he will now face Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday’s final. Ferrer, 32, brushed aside Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 earlier Saturday. Federer has also never lost to the sixth-seeded Ferrer in 15 meetings, the last coming a week ago in the Toronto quarterfinals.
Federer won the first set against Raonic with four love games, but the pace slowed in the second as the pair stayed on serve. Federer broke for 5-3 and served it out a game later after just 68 minutes.
“Breaking in the first game was crucial,” said Federer. “It was more of a fight in the second set.
“I’m very happy with this match.
“I’m happy, but the final is tomorrow and I hope to do it again. This time last year I came to the event with no expectations. But many things have changed since then.
In the WTA Tour’s Cincinnati event, Ana Ivanovic overcame illness and nerves as she outlasted French Open champ Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to reach the final.
Ivanovic will play Serena Williams, who moved within one win of a second pre-Open hardcourt title as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.