Federer coasts to 90th career final

Reuters - Sun, 22 Aug 01:31:00 2010

Roger Federer raised his game at just the right moments to beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-3 in the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters.

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The Swiss star reached his 90th career final in the process, where he will meet the American Mardy Fish.

Fish had earlier pulled off a surprise turnaround win over fellow American Andy Roddick to claim a 4-6 7-6 6-1 victory and advance to his third Masters series final.

Federer had had an easy route to the last four after a bye, a retirement and a walkover allowed him into the last eight without a full set of tennis.

But the Swiss, the defending champion and a finalist in Toronto last week, looked in good form, playing with the ease and flow for which he is noted.

Federer's serve was particularly impressive, winning 90 percent of his first service points, which is exactly the part of the game that Fish has been thriving upon this week - setting up a fascinating final.

"I didn't get broken today, so that was a first in this northern American tour for me. It came at the right time," Federer said afterwards.

"I thought I played a good match. I was able to mix up my serve well and always kept him off balance. So it kind of worked for me."

The Swiss has met Fish six times, with the American winning just once, in their most recent meeting in Indian Wells in 2008.

"I thought he came out and played the perfect match really. Yeah, it was a good match from his side. I never really got into the match," Federer said of their last encounter.

"He seems like he's playing well and he must be confident. I'm ready for that. We'll see how it goes tomorrow," he added.

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