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The Swiss star advanced to meet Tomas Berdych, who edged Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) in the other semifinal.
While both Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic vowed to never again play on Madrid’s new blue-clay court after early exits, Federer’s more technical style has not been overly hampered by the surface many players have criticized as slippery.
Federer won Madrid in 2006 and 2009.
Federer shook off the late afternoon gusting winds to hit 25 winners and eight aces en route to the easy victory.
Sunday will be the 30-year-old Federer’s 104th final, where he will seek his 74th career title.
Earlier, the sixth-seeded Berdych, who hadn’t won a set in his last three matches he lost to Del Potro, used his big serve to score 15 aces and overcome the Argentine’s skilled baseline game.
“It was really just about one or two points that decided for my side,” said Berdych. “It was really close. We fought for every point and I am really happy to have gone through.”
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