CINCINNATI, Ohio, Aug 20 (AFP): Resurgent Andy Roddick lined up a repeat of the 2003 US Open final Saturday with a rousing 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Fernando Gonzalez at the ATP Cincinnati Masters.
The American is seeking to recapture the magic from his stunning season three years ago, when he swept the summer hardcourt run and lifted the Grand Slam crown in New York.
He will face off Sunday against another player on the rebound in Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Fellow former No. 1 Ferrero dispatched another fellow Spaniard, adding seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo to his list of victims headed by No. 2 Rafael Nadal.
Ferrero's 6-3, 6-4 victory in 91 minutes saw him advance against a compatriot hindered by injury.
En route to the final Ferrero also toppled sixth-seeded American James Blake.
The 26-year-old rocked the tournament in the quarter-finals with his upset of Nadal, who went out two days after the untimely exit of Federer at the hands of Andy Murray.
It was the first all-Spanish semi-final at Cincinnati since 2002, when Carlos Moya defeated Ferrero.