Federer, Henman in Japan Open final

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Top-ranked Roger Federer cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Benjamin Becker on Saturday to advance to his first Japan Open final.

Federer, Henman in Japan Open final

Tokyo:

Top-ranked Roger Federer cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Benjamin Becker on Saturday to advance to his first Japan Open final.Federer barely broke a sweat in Saturday's match and was never seriously challenged by the 14th-seeded German, who beat Andre Agassi at the US Open last month to send the eight-time Grand Slam winner into retirement.Federer will meet Britain's Tim Henman in Sunday's final at Ariake Colosseum. Henman, who is chasing his first title this year, posted a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over ninth-seeded Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea.Federer broke Becker in the first set to go 2-0 up and the first of eight aces gave the Swiss star a commanding 3-0 lead."I didn't get a break behind," said Federer. "Once I got the break I was in control and then just tried to get a lot of first serves in. I didn't make any mistakes on my serve and that was pretty much what it came down to."Federer dominated Becker in every aspect of the game, utilizing pinpoint groundstrokes to all corners of the court before closing out the win in an hour and improving his hard court record to 48-2.Federer, who is making his first appearance in Japan, was pushed to the limits against Takao Suzuki a day earlier before beating the Japanese wild card 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3). (AP)



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