Ferrer outplays Benneteau to secure Cincinnati Masters final berth

Sixth-seed David Ferrer of Spain advanced to the final of the Cincinnati Masters on Saturday after a 6-3, 6-2 victory over first-time Masters semifinalist Julien Benneteau of France.

This is Ferrer’s seventh final at an ATP Masters 1000 event and he will face Roger Federer of Switzerland on Sunday’s title showdown. Federer defeated Milos Raonic of Canada in the other semifinal.

“Of course I am in a good moment,” said Ferrer. “I am in my first final this year in a Masters 1000, so I’m happy for that. (I take it) step by step and focus for tomorrow.”

Benneteau has reached nine ATP finals in the past but has yet to secure his maiden title.

“Right now I’m not very happy, but it’s a good week,” said Benneteau. “It’s not over. I still have the doubles later. I played a lot of good matches. When I lost last week in Toronto against Raonic, it was in the third round, and I had the feeling that I was playing very good.

“When you have this feeling, it’s always nice that great results come quick. This is what happened this week. This is my best result ever in Masters 1000. I have beaten a Top 10 guy, even Top 5.”

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