Roger Federer of Switzerland on Saturday reached the final of the Stockholm Open tennis tournament by overcoming fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic ofCroatia 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Federer will now play Germany's Florian Mayer in Sunday's final, after he beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Like in his quarterfinal on Friday against fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, Federer started slowly.
Ljubicic broke him in the third game, but Federer found his rhythm to come back and win the set on a tiebreak, prompting Ljubicic to throw his racket in frustration.
Federer ripped a glorious backhand winner that 17th-ranked Ljubicic could only watch on the way to taking a 3-2 lead in the second.
He broke again in the seventh game and served an ace for the victory.
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