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UPDATED: 21:36, January 25, 2007
Federer makes final of Australian Open after beating Roddick
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Defending champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer stormed into the men's singles final of the Australian Open after ruthlessly ousting the sixth seed Andy Roddick in straight sets in Melbourne Thursday.

Federer took only one hour and 23 minutes to beat Roddick 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in their semifinal, which had been expected by media and public to be a hard winning match.

Federer, the top seed of Switzerland, grabbed a decisive break in the ninth game of the first set and won the set 6-4.

He completely controlled the later part of the match by breaking Roddick three times and saved his own serves in the second set, crushing Roddick with a victory of 6-0 before winning the third set 6-2 by breaking Roddick's serves twice more.

In their past 14 encounters, Federer leads with a 13-1 record.

But Federer had lost to the big-serving Roddick for the first time in more than three years just two weeks ago in the final of the Kooyong Classic exhibition event and made the startling confession he felt vulnerable heading into their semi-final.

"I was worried going into the match because he was playing so well. I expected 50 aces to go past me, but today that was not the case," Federer said after the win over Roddick.

"I played incredibly well, saw the ball incredibly well. It's unreal. I'm shocked myself. I don't know what to say," he said.

"The tournament's not even over yet. Let's not get carried away. Let me do it one more time," he said.

The home country's TV commentator also highly evaluated Federer's perfect performance.

"We are witnessing history. This is the most dominant athlete on planet earth today," former world No.1 Jim Courier said while commentating on Australia's Channel Seven.

"I have never seen a shellacking like this in the semi-finals of a major (against) a quality player (like Roddick)," he said.

In the final scheduled on Sunday night, Federer will meet the winner of the other semi-final on Friday night between the 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and the 12th seed Tommy Haas of Germany.

Source: Xinhua


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