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Federer Hits 'Tweener, Reaches Toronto Final

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer defeats Feliciano Lopez to advance to his fifth Rogers Cup final.

Second seed Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup final for the fifth time after a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Feliciano Lopez on Saturday evening at the Rexall Centre.

The Swiss No. 1 qualified for his 37th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and 120th overall and will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his bid for a 22nd Masters 1000 crown (80th overall).

Should Federer lift the trophy on Sunday, he would become the first player in history to record 300 wins at the Masters 1000 level.

Against Lopez, the two-time Rogers Cup champion (2004, '06) won 77 per cent of his first-serve points during the battle lasting one hour and 22 minutes, and broke twice in 11 attempts. Federer, who turned 33 on Friday, improved to 11-0 in FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against the left-handed Spaniard.

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"From my standpoint, I think I served well," said Federer. "I was aggressive, and I was able to really play the way I wanted to play tonight. I'm very happy."

Entering tonight's semi-final, Lopez had saved 27 of 29 break points faced this year in Toronto, including nine in one game in his quarter-final upset of home favourite Milos Raonic. While serving 2-1 in the first set against Federer, the World No. 25 looked on track for another roller coaster display, saving seven break points, but sailed a ball long to concede the lead.

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"I think [Lopez] was probably mentally a bit tired this week. He's played a lot of good guys in the spell of a short period of time. He played one more match than I did, and back-to-back three setters the last couple of nights," Federer added. "He was probably feeling it there."

Federer would break once more, in the first game of the second set, to book his clash with Tsonga on Sunday. Federer holds an 11-4 advantage over the Frenchman, including triumphs this season in Melbourne and Monte-Carlo.

"[Tsonga] can overpower guys, serve up a storm and then play really aggressive with his forehand and also be solid in his backhand," Federer noted. "You think you're in a safe place in the rally, and he takes one step and just hits it and the point is over. That's why he's been in the Top 10 for so long."

The 32-year-old Lopez, champion in Eastbourne (d. Gasquet) this year, is projected to re-enter the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 20 (No. 16) when the latest rankings are released.on Monday.

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