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Fed-Ferrer showdown

Ana sets up final against Serena

Afp, Cincinnati

Five-time former champion Roger Federer continued his dominance over hard-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic with a 6-2, 6-3 win Saturday 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.
In the women's competition Ana Ivanovic overcame illness and nerves as she outlasted French Open champ Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final.
The former world number one will face off for the title, at the last major tune-up prior to the US Open, when she plays Serena Williams on Sunday.
The American top seed Williams moved within one win of a second pre-Open hardcourt title as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Ivanovic led by a set and 5-2 but fell victim to nerves as the scrambling Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and fellow former number one, fought back.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, August 18, 2014

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