Thomas Berdych Saturday defeated Dmitry Tursunov to win the first semi-final, losing just three games as he crushed his opponent 6-2 6-1. Tursunov has produced some superb tennis throughout the week as he played his way out of qualifying and into the semi-finals, but simply had no answer to the world number six.
The match took just 54 minutes, with Berdych losing only nine points on his own serve and punishing Tursonov with some outstanding returns. Third seed Tsonga had an equally one-sided victory over sixth seed Gilles Simon, winning 6-2 6-2.
Tsonga attacked Simon’s serve ruthlessly to create chances, and converted four of his 10 break points as he cruised to the win. His fellow Frenchman Simon earned several chances to get into the match, forcing three break points in the opening set. But Tsonga saved them all as he rolled towards the final, where he will hope to repeat his 2009 victory in the tournament.
In Buenos Aires, top seed David Ferrer continued his serene progress through the tournament as he dispatched fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-2. Ferrer will face third seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the final, the Swiss number two having beaten another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, 6-3 7-5 in the other semi-final.