Federer relieved to keep streak going

World number one Roger Federer reached his 23rd consecutive grand slam semi-final after overcoming his recent tormentor Nikolay Davydenko today.

The Swiss maestro recovered emphatically from losing the opening set after which he reeled off 13 consecutive games to form the foundation of his 2-6 6-3 6-0 7-5 victory.

Federer, who is bidding for his fourth title at Melbourne Park, will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last-four after the Frenchman won his repeat of the 2008 final against Novak Djokovic 7-6 (10/8) 6-7 (5/7) 1-6 6-3 6-1 in three hours and 52 minutes.

Davydenko had beaten Federer in their previous two meetings and last week declared the top players were scared of him.

The 28-year-old Russian looked like backing up those confident words early on as he rolled to the first set with two breaks of serve in 34 minutes.

Federer took a toilet break at the end of the set but it did not slow Davydenko's momentum as he grabbed another break and was 15-40 ahead on Federer's serve.

But the Swiss responded in the style of a champion to hold serve and begin a run of 13 consecutive games that sucked the life out of Davydenko's challenge.

"I was in a tough situation - I knew I wasn't looking very good," Federer said.

"But that's the beauty of best of five sets. I wasn't panicking even though I maybe would have lost the second set had I lost another point there at that stage.

"I just relaxed and thought if his level drops just a little bit the whole thing might change for the better and it did.

"I couldn't believe the way it changed. I'm happy the way I was able to go on an incredible run."

Federer admitted his relief at continuing his remarkable run of major semi-final appearances that dates back to his third round defeat by Gustavo Kuerten at the 2004 French Open.

The 28-year-old revealed he had been concerned his run may end when he saw the draw.

"It's incredible looking back on how many years that is now I'm able to deliver at grand slam play, especially this year," he said.

"I think looking at the draw with (Lleyton) Hewitt in the fourth round and Davydenko in the quarters - for some reason I was just a bit worried I was not going to make it this time in the semis.

"But now obviously that it's safe again and I've been able to add one it's amazing. Definitely one of the most incredible things I have in my resume."

Davydenko, who had come into the match on a 13-game winning sequence, was at a loss to explain his loss of form as he failed to win a game for over an hour.

"I don't know what's happened there," he said.

"I lost the second and third set so easy. I cannot explain yet what's happen. I missed so many chances."

Tsonga's victory over Djokovic in the night session quarter-final was marred by a stomach bug that hindered the Serbian midway through the match.

The 22-year-old at one stage needed to leave the court to vomit and from there his challenge petered out.

"I had a little problems with the stomach even before the match," Djokovic said.

"I started feeling it a lot after third set when I just couldn't hold on. After two games I had to go to the toilet. There was no other way otherwise I would throw up on the court.

"I don't want to find excuses for my loss, but I went to vomit and I had diarrhoea before the match. It was just a terrible feeling."

Djokovic was criticised after he retired due to heat exhaustion at the same stage last year, but said he never had any intention of calling a premature end to the match tonight.

"No, no, no," he said. "I did not think of that at all."

Tsonga was short on sympathy for his rival as he looked forward to meeting Federer in the last four.

"I think this is the game. Sometimes you have problems with your forehand, sometimes with your backhand and sometimes with your body," he said.

"Today he had some problems with his stomach and that's it. It's good for me, bad for him. That's it."

The 10th-seeded Frenchman conceded he had his work cut out to beat Federer and reach his second final at Melbourne Park.

"I will have to play my best tennis," he said.

"Roger played unbelievable today again because Nikolay was in good shape, so it's going to be tough.

"But like today, I will give everything and we will see."

Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvDownton Abbey review: It's six months since we last caught up with the Crawley clan
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
Life and Style
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
techNew app offers 'PG alternative' to dating services like Tinder
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
premier league
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls (L) challenges reporter Rob Merrick for the ball during the Labour Party versus the media soccer match,
peopleReporter left bleeding after tackle from shadow Chancellor in annual political football match
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
Plenty to ponder: Amir Khan has had repeated problems with US immigration because of his Muslim faith and now American television may shun him
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments