Federer races into final

Roger Federer produced another awesome display to crush Andy Roddick and advance to the final of the Australian Open.







The Swiss player, who moved into his seventh consecutive grand slam final, was made to work hard in the first set before upping his game to seal a 6-4 6-0 6-2 triumph in just one hour and 23 minutes.

On Sunday, he will meet either Chilean Fernando Gonzalez or German Tommy Haas.

Whether either man will be able to halt Federer, however, is open to question as on this form the world number one is nigh on unbeatable.

He wasn't at his best in the early stages, although he did break in the opening game.

A rare sloppy service game handed Roddick the chance to level, which he duly took to make it 2-2.

The key game in the set, and arguably the match, came with Roddick serving at 4-4.

Federer set up a break point and converted it when a net exchange ended with the American putting a backhand volley wide.

Federer served it out, part of a run which saw him take 11 games in a row.

By the time Roddick won another game, he was two sets and a break down in the third.

The second set onslaught from Federer was particularly ruthless.

It flashed by in 22 minutes with Roddick winning just six points.

The third continued in a similar vein with the sixth seed having no answer to Federer's brilliance despite the crowd urging him on.

He did manage to get a couple of games on the board but a comeback never looked likely and Federer finished in fitting fashion with a forehand winner.

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