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. 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.
Berdych had not won a set in his last three matches he lost to Del Potro before Saturday.
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