Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych in Paris Masters semi-finals
World number four Roger Federer reached the final of the Paris Masters for the first time in his career with a comprehensive win over Tomas Berdych.
Federer finally made it past the semi-final stage at the Bercy arena with an impressive 6-4 6-3 victory.
The 30-year-old Swiss becomes the first player to have reached the final of all nine Masters 1000 tournaments.
On Sunday he will face French sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat John Isner 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-3).
Asked if he was playing the best he ever had at Bercy, a smiling Federer said: "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.
"This is the first time I've played several matches [here] and I was able to prove myself."
Berdych had ended Andy Murray's 17-match unbeaten run on Friday but the Czech made little impact on the Federer game as he went down in 81 minutes without forcing a single break point.
Federer continued the encouraging form that he showed in winning the Basle title last week, breaking serve at the start of each set and again to wrap up victory.
Berdych had won their last meeting in Cincinnati in August but could not get to grips with the Federer serve this time as the 16-time Grand Slam champion made 70% of first serves.
"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," said Berdych, the Paris champion in 2005.
"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."
In the second semi-final, 2008 champion Tsonga saved three match points and needed just short of three hours to see off American Isner - who did not drop serve once - and ensure France has a finalist in Paris for the fourth year in a row.