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Federer sets up Ferrer final

ESPN staff
August 17, 2014
Roger Federer beat Milos Raonic for the second time in a semi-final this year, having thrashed him at Wimbledon © Getty Images

Roger Federer eased past Milos Raonic 6-2 6-3 to move within one match of his sixth Cincinnati Masters title.

Despite winning his first two service games at love and racing into a 4-1 lead, Federer insists he was not trying to shorten the match because of its late start due to Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova going nearly three hours.

"I play the same speed at all times," Federer said. "If you start hurrying, then you might get broken. I'm happy with the win. I know Milos can cause difficulties with his game. It's unpredictable. He plays on his terms."

Standing in Federer's way is David Ferrer after the Spaniard earned his first trip to the tournament final in 11 appearances with a 6-3 6-2 win over unseeded Julien Benneteau.

Ferrer suspected Benneteau, who upset third-seeded Stan Wawrinka in the previous round, might have been nervous about playing in his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final.

"He had a very good week - a great week - but today, maybe he made mistakes," said Ferrer, who was playing in his 15th Masters semi-final. "This was his first semi-final in one Master 1000. Maybe experience was the key in those moments, no?"

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