• Roger Federer through to the final at the Cincinnati Masters
  • The Swiss star beat Andy Murray in straight sets in semis on Saturday
  • Federer prevailed 6-4, 7-6 against the Brit in their last-four clash
  • He will play Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday in Cincinnati  

Press Association Reporter

Roger Federer will take on Novak Djokovic in the final of the Cincinnati Masters after he beat Andy Murray in straight sets 6-4, 7-6.

World number three Federer, who is chasing his seventh Cincinnati title, broke Murray early and was impressive as he took 38 minutes to claim the first set.

The second set was much closer, going with serve to a tiebreak which the 34-year-old won. 

Roger Federer moved into the final of the Cincinnati Masters after beating Andy Murray

Roger Federer moved into the final of the Cincinnati Masters after beating Andy Murray

Murray was unable to live with Federer on Saturday and fell to a 6-4, 7-6 defeat

Murray was unable to live with Federer on Saturday and fell to a 6-4, 7-6 defeat

Murray cut a frustrated figure as he was swept aside by the 34-year-old on Saturday

Murray cut a frustrated figure as he was swept aside by the 34-year-old on Saturday

Murray, who has not beaten Federer since the Australian Open in 2013, will now turn his attention to the US Open which begins on August 31.

The first game indicated a tight contest, lasting just over six minutes before Murray managed to hold.

But the Swiss looked sharp as he broke in the third game and was toying with Murray at times, playing a superb whipped forehand winner in the ninth as the remainder of the first set went with serve.

Murray had fought back to beat Richard Gasquet to book his place in the last four and he needed to find something extra to get back into this one.

Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the final in Cincinnati after his victory over Murray

Federer will face Novak Djokovic in the final in Cincinnati after his victory over Murray

Murray and Federer shake hands at the net after their semi-final clash ended in a win for the Swiss

Murray and Federer shake hands at the net after their semi-final clash ended in a win for the Swiss

It started well for the Scot as he took the first game of the second set to love, but Federer was quickly back in the ascendency, winning a superb forehand down the line in the fifth as he came close to breaking Murray’s serve.

Murray played a superb drop shot and Federer a sublime backhand winner in a tight seventh game as the set continued to go with serve.

Federer produced a top-spin forehand of the highest quality to make it 5-5 in the second set and the Swiss was convincing in his next service game to force a tiebreak.

Murray failed with a challenge at 1-1 and although he played some of his best tennis of the match to get back into the tiebreak he eventually lost it 8-6. 

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