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Federer strolls past Youzhny, meets Haas in final

June 16, 2012 23:12 IST

Roger Federer will be chasing a sixth Halle Open title after setting up a final showdown with fellow 30-something Tommy Haas on Saturday.

The 16-times Grand Slam winner raced into his seventh Halle final with a 6-1 6-4 win over Mikhail Youzhny.

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball to Mikhail Youzhny of RussiaFederer wasted little time converting four of his eight break points to maintain a perfect record of 13 wins in 13 matches against the Russian.

"Mikhail started a bit slow but I think I took advantage of it and after that I was able to get on a roll," the Swiss number two seed said.

"I'm obviously excited to be a finalist here again."

Federer will face wildcard Haas on Sunday after the German beat Rafa Nadal's conqueror Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6, 7-5.

"It's always tricky playing Germans here in the final, but I'm looking forward to that match," said Federer.

Sunday's match will be the first ATP final to feature two 30-somethings since Spain's Carlos Moya beat Andrei Pavel of Romania in the 2007 Umag final.

Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters

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