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Federer into the final in Madrid

2012-05-13 00:57:33 GMT2012-05-13 08:57:33(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MADRID, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Number three seed Roger Federer maintained his 100 percent record against Janko Tipsarevic to book a place in Sunday's final of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Federer needed just over one hour and seven minutes to defeat Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-3 and reserve his place against Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final.

Federer was the highest remaining seed left in the competition following the defeat of Rafael Nadal and Tipsarevic's victory over Novak Djokovic on Friday.

He had the advantage of knowing that he had never lost to the Serb, with his last win over him on the clay court of Roland Garros last year.

Federer began in imperious fashion and it was clear that his serve was causing Tipsarevic problems as the number seven seed failed to win any points while returning Federer's first serve.

It was therefore just a question of time before Federer, who was looking supremely confident, made his grace on the court tell and he broke Tipsarevic's serve on two occasions to win the first set 6-2 in just 32 minutes.

The second set began with both players holding their serve, with Tipsarevic serving out to love, but after Federer again held his serve he forced two break points and took the first of them to take a 3-1 lead.

With Tipsarevic unable to exert any pressure on Federer's serve that break was enough and with the remaining games going with serve his victory looked assured from that moment.

Earlier in the day, Berdych defeated Juan Martin del Porto 7-6 (5), 7-6(6).

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