The Czech third seed, who has been in fine form in 2015 under new coach Dani Vallverdu, wasn’t tested by his French opponent during the match and after just 56 minutes Berdych came away with a 6-2 6-1 win at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.
After beating Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, it was a disappointing performance from Simon, who appeared disgruntled at the ball boys and the towels made available on court.
In the first set he was completely out-hit by Berdych, who broke the eighth seed’s serve twice in opening set and only allowed him two return points.
It was much of the same in the second set with Berdych, who won 96 per cent of his first serve points, breezing into a 3-0 lead before Simon eventually got a game on the board, only to drop serve once more to let Berdych see out the match.
Berdych’s opponent in Sunday’s final will be fellow Australian Open??semi-finalist??Stan Wawrinka.
The Swiss fourth seed had to dig deep to see off the challenge of Milos Raonic??in straight sets.
Canadian Raonic, the second seed in Rotterdam, had six break points during the??match but failed to convert any of them and it needed two tie-breaks to settle??things, with Wawrinka emerging a 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (9/7) winner.