Play is underway at the AT&T National tournament in Maryland, USA, hosted by Tiger Woods.
Second seed Federer eased to a 7-6 7-5 6-3 success, meaning he will contest a 20th grand slam final as he attempts to claim a new record 15 grand slam wins. The world number two put on a magnificent show of serving against his 31-year-old opponent — not giving up one break point in the two-hour match. Federer told BBC Sport: “Tommy played great so I knew that there was a danger from him. I’m happy with my performance and it’s unbelievable to be in another final.
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Federer’s 20th grand slam final means he has overtaking the record of Ivan Lendl — and he is unlikely to be overawed as he seeks to break Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14 grand slam titles. “Going for something that big is quite extraordinary. I have had a lot of pressure over the years but I am looking forward to another great match and a chance to get into the history books.” Haas, who blew a two-set lead against Federer in the French Open last month, went shot for shot with the world number two in an opening set that remained on serve until reaching the inevitable tie-breaker. But Federer proved the strongest in the tie-break and he broke through again in the 12th game of the second set when a Haas forehand went long. Haas cracked for the last time in the eighth game of the third set when he netted an easy approach having earlier saved four break points.