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Good old Federer reaches maiden Paris final

sports Updated: Nov 12, 2011 21:52 IST

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The Roger Federer of old let his class do the talking in a 6-4 6-3 dismissal of Czech Tomas Berdych to reach his maiden Paris Masters final on Saturday.

The Swiss third seed, looking to become only the second player after Andre Agassi to win titles at Roland Garros and Bercy, dropped only 10 points on serve as he set up a meeting with either local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or American John Isner.

Former world number one Federer, who for the first time since 2002 has spent a season without claiming a grand slam title, was in another league throughout the contest against the fifth seed.

Asked if he was playing the best tennis of his career at Bercy, Federer joked: "Yes, I think.

"Let's say it: Yes, I do. It doesn't make any difference, but I think I'm more consistent now. I'm able to play several matches in a row, which I had a problem with before," added the Swiss, who has won only two titles this year -- his worst total since 2001.

"This is the first time I've played several matches (here) and I was able to prove myself."

Federer, who became the first player to reach the final of all nine Masters tournaments, got off to a brilliant start by breaking Berdych's serve to open a 2-0 lead.

Sprinkling the court with winners, the Swiss kept the aggressive Czech at bay and bagged the opening set with yet another scorching forehand.

He broke again in the first game of the second set and never looked back during an 80-minute display of brilliance.

Berdych, who was impressive in his quarter-final match against Briton Andy Murray on Friday, struggled to cope with Federer's array of shots and failed to earn a break point throughout the contest.

"I'm pretty confident to say that that's the old Roger like he was playing, you know, the years that he was really winning everything," the Czech, who prevailed in the Paris indoor tournament in 2005, told a press conference.

"We can count the unforced errors what he did like maybe on the fingers on one hand, which is incredible, playing really well.

"He started every set really great and just didn't give me any chance at all."

Both players will be at the ATP World Tour Finals in London from Nov. 20-27.