Federer to face Ferrer in final

  • Last Updated: August 17 2014, 9:30 BST

Roger Federer remains on course for his sixth Western & Southern Open title after advancing to the final with victory over Milos Raonic.

Roger Federer celebrates his victory in Cincinnati
Roger Federer celebrates his victory in Cincinnati

The Swiss is in a rich vein of form and will face David Ferrer in his fourth consecutive ATP final after winning in Halle and falling at the last hurdle at Wimbledon and in Toronto.

The semi-final was a fairly straightforward affair with Raonic providing little resistance as Federer won 6-2 6-3.

The world number three did not drop a point on his serve in the first set and needed just a single break in the eighth game of the second to close out a routine win.

"I'm playing much better (than) last year. I can move freely again," Federer told ESPN. "I'm happy the results show. It's more fun playing this way. Now I am playing the right away.

"It's great for the confidence to switch from clay to grass to hard courts and keep on playing well. I've had a very complete season so far.

"This is my eighth final of the season. I hope I can win another final here."

Ferrer advanced to his 45th ATP Tour final on Sunday after beating Julien Benneateau 6-3 6-2.

The 32-year-old Ferrer is chasing his second title of the season, having won the Copa Claro in February, and is hitting form at the right time ahead of the US Open.

This win took just 72 minutes to complete, with 20 winners and a 40 per cent success rate with break points.