Federer makes Madrid final with win over Tipsarevic

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MADRID — Roger Federer will play for his third Madrid Open title in the final after cruising past Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.

The Swiss star advanced to meet Tomas Berdych, who edged Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) in the other semifinal.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams will meet top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in the final after they dispensed with their rivals in straight sets.

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.

While dominating his service games, Federer moved Tipsarevic around the court with an expert mix of shots until he got a break to go ahead 3-1 when his low slice forced his opponent into netting.

Federer broke again to claim the first set by drawing an error from Tipsarevic with a forehand that clipped the sideline.

Tipsarevic, who had upset Djokovic on Friday, fell behind for good at 3-1 in the second set when he could barely graze Federer’s crosscourt return.

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.”

Williams beat Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (5), 6-0 and Azarenka ousted fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.

The ninth-seeded Williams will play for her second title of the season. Azarenka has won four tournaments so far.

Victoria has been so consistent in her game this year,” said Williams. “She is so consistent, so amazing and so, just nearly perfect. I am going to the final with nothing to lose.”

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