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Ferrer breezes by Benneteau

David Ferrer breezed into the final of the Cincinnati Masters after a routine 6-3 6-2 victory over Julien Benneteau.

The sixth seed needed just an hour and 11 minutes to see off the challenge of his French opponent, who was playing in a Masters 1000 semi-final for the first time in his career.

Unseeded Benneteau, who has also reached the last four of the men's doubles, managed to keep pace with Ferrer for the first six games before dumping a backhand into the net to give the Spaniard a break of serve.

Ferrer held his own serve then broke Benneteau again to wrap up the set, finishing things off with a backhand winner down the line.

Unforced errors continued to flow from Benneteau's racquet at the start of the second set and Ferrer went a break up again in the fourth game.

The Frenchman did manage one more service hold and then showed admirable spirit to save four match points in the eighth game before finally succumbing on the fifth.

Ferrer, who was forced to save two match points in his opening clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber earlier this week, will play either Roger Federer or Milos Raonic for the title.

Ferrer said: "I'm going step by step. Tennis is always a surprise. When I looked in my quarter of the draw and saw Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga there, I knew it was not easy. "But as they lost, I took my chance and got into the final. I'm trying to improve my game every day. Watching the top 10 guys is a great inspiration to improve also. "I'm feeling very comfortable on hard courts. On those I can play more with my timing than with power."