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Defending champion Berdych easily beats Simon to set up final against Wawrinka

  • Milos Raonic of Canada returns the ball to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their semifinal match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

    Milos Raonic of Canada returns the ball to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their semifinal match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland rserves the ball to Milos Raonic of Canada during their semifinal match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

    Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland rserves the ball to Milos Raonic of Canada during their semifinal match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic smiles after winning the semifinal match against Gilles Simon of France during the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)

    Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic smiles after winning the semifinal match against Gilles Simon of France during the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)  (The Associated Press)

Defending champion Tomas Berdych took less than an hour to beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1 Saturday and reach the final of the World Tennis Tournament, where he will bid for his 11th career title against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

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

Earlier, the third-seeded Berdych won 95 percent of first service points, hit 14 winners and converted four of five break-point chances.

"My game was good and the game plan was even better," said Berdych, who is 4-6 overall against Simon. "We have worked really hard on my serve. I was able to control it."

Wawrinka, the 2013 Australian Open champion, is chasing his ninth career title. He saved two set points at 4-6 in the second set tiebreaker.