Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Sixth seed David Ferrer needed just 72 minutes to cruise past Julien Benneteau, 6-3, 6-2, and surge into the final of the Western & Southern Open Saturday.
Ferrer will seek his 22nd title and second of the year on the ATP World Tour either against Roger Federer or Milos Raonic Sunday.
Ferrer fired 20 winners, converting on all six forays to the net and breaking serve on four of 10 opportunities. The world No. 6 earned the first break of the match in seventh game, when a Benneteau backhand approach found the net.
After grabbing an early break in the second set, Ferrer found himself on the doorstep of victory with three match points at 5-1 0/40. The Frenchman would dig deep to hold, but was unable to fight on.
Benneteau was seeking to reach his 10th ATP World Tour final, in search of his maiden title.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams rallied past Caroline Wozniacki en route to a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win in the semifinal.
With the victory, Williams improved to 8-1 lifetime versus Wozniacki, including wins in their last five meetings.
The 32-year-old Williams has never won the title here in five previous appearances. The only other event she has played six times without claiming the title is Sydney.
Williams will play the winner of Saturday night’s match between fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova and ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic for the championship.