Thomas Berdych put in a clinical performance to beat Gael Simon of France 6-2, 6-1 in only 58 minutes. The Czech has only dropped one set in the whole tournament and looks in good form to defend his ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament title.
Berdych hit his ground strokes with depth and power forcing Simon too far behind the baseline to make any impact. The world number seven will meet his old nemesis Stan Wawrinka in the final.
The semi-final between the Canadian Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka was a more competitive affair with both sets concluding in tie breakers. The Swiss star won the match 7-6(7-3) 7-6(9-7) in 98 minutes to progress into the final.
Wawrinka seemed to absorb everything that Raonic could throw at him from the back of the court and then turned his defence into attack with some blistering winners down the line. He also managed to pass Raonic effectively when the Canadian found himself at the net.
Raonic who looked at time to be dominating proceedings will look back at this match and ponder the 7 break points he could not convert.
Looking ahead to the final Wawrinka has the edge over Berdych and has beaten him on several of their previous meetings last year.
The Swiss is battled hardened by the semi-final and seems to handle the pressure of big occasions and points far better than Berdych. Berdych is the defending champion and has been playing with immense control which makes this final very hard to predict.
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