World number one Roger Federer snapped a four-match losing streak against second-ranked Andy Murray on Saturday to book his berth in the Cincinnati Masters final.
Federer downed Murray 6-2, 7-6 (10/8), his first victory against the Scot since his triumph in last year's US Open final.
Since then, Murray had bested the Swiss superstar four times, including twice this year.
Federer noted that Murray's victories against him tended to follow a similar pattern, with the Scot rallying and playing stronger as the matches progressed.
"To me it was obviously important this time the same doesn't happen again," he said. "I stayed aggressive. I was always looking to make the plays, and I think in the end I deserved to win just because I wasn't scared to go after my shots. And I think I served well today.
"It was just overall a very good performance."
Certainly Federer, whose 15 Grand Slam titles include this year's French Open and Wimbledon crowns, gave Murray little room to maneuver this time, never facing a break point in a match lasting an hour and a half.