- Spain's David Ferrer brushed aside Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Cincinnati Masters final.
Ferrer, seeded sixth, schooled Benneteau as the Frenchman played in his first semi-final at the elite Masters 1000 level.
He needed just 71 minutes to seal the victory and give himself a shot at adding a second title of 2014 to the trophy he lifted in Buenos Aires.
Ferrer will aim for his 22nd career trophy when he faces off on Sunday against either second-seeded Roger Federer or Canadian Milos Raonic, the fifth seed.
"I'm going step by step," Ferrer said. "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."