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Berdych easily beats Simon to meet Wawrinka in Dutch final

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Defending champion Tomas Berdych dispatched Gilles Simon of France 6-2, 6-1 to line up Stanislas Wawrinka in the World Tennis Tournament final on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Wawrinka beat second-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7).

Berdych will bid for his 11th career ATP title, and Wawrinka his ninth. Wawrinka leads their head-to-heads 10-5.

The third-seeded Berdych won 95 percent of his first serves, hit 14 winners, and converted four of five break-point chances.

“My game was good, and the game plan was even better,” he said after improving to 4-6 against Simon. “We have worked really hard on my serve. I was able to control it.”

Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, saved two set points against Raonic at 6-4 down in the second-set tiebreaker.

Raonic, who missed three break-point chances in the seventh game of the second set, saved one match point at 7-6 down. But Davis Cup winner Wawrinka took his next chance.

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