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Ferrer Tops Benneteau For Cincy Final Berth

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Ferrer© Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer is seeking a second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown (2012 Paris).

No. 6 seed David Ferrer breezed past Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday, surging into the Western & Southern Open final.

Ferrer is enjoying his best result in 11 trips to Cincinnati, advancing to a seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and 45th overall. The Spaniard will seek his 22nd title and second of the year on the ATP World Tour, when he faces either Roger Federer or Milos Raonic on Sunday. The 32 year old completed a three-peat at the Copa Claro in February, ending a seven-match losing streak in finals.

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"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."

Ferrer fired 20 winners, converting on all six forays to the net and breaking serve on four of 10 opportunities. He denied the lone break chance on his serve, early in the first set. The World No. 6 earned the first break of the match in seventh game, when a Benneteau backhand approach found the net, and after grabbing an early break in the second set, Ferrer found himself on the doorstep of victory with three match points at 5-1 0/40. The Frenchman would dig deep to hold, but was unable to fight on, falling in 72 minutes.

Ferrer edged closer to joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt as the only active members of the 600-match win club, improving to 591-285. His 43 victories in 2014 is third-most on the ATP World Tour, behind Federer (47) and Nadal (44).

Benneteau was seeking to reach his 10th ATP World Tour final, in search of his maiden title. The 32 year old, competing in his 67th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, reached his first semi-final after saving a match point in his opener against Blaz Rola and rallying past Stan Wawrinka in the quarters. He is the first Frenchman to advance to the Cincinnati semis since Arnaud Clement in 2000.

"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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