Shamik Das

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Federer express

"I am the greatest!"

Roger Federer stormed into the Australian Open final with a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 thrashing of US hit-man Andy Roddick.

Federer stunned the American number one to reach a record equalling seventh successive grand slam final - winning their semi-final in under an hour and a half.

In a sizzling display of faultless tennis the Swiss hit an incredible 45 winners to Roddick's 11 and even managed to fire down twice as many aces as his big serving opponent - 10:4.

Here are the other statistics that'll put the frighteners up either Fernando Gonzalez or Tommy Haas, who square up tomorrow to determine who'll be Federer's whipping boy in the final:

• 7/7 - The top seed's conversion rate of break points

• 15 - Number of games the trimphant 25-year-old won out of the last 17 in semi-final victory

• 11/11 - Federer's run of games on the spin from the end of the first set to the beginning of the third

• 20 - Number of points the Swiss lost in the final two sets

• 13:1 - The world number one's overall record against Roddick

What odds now a triple bagel whitewash in the final!?! ;)

Watch highlights of Federer v Roddick and live streaming of
Gonzalez v Haas on the BBC Sport website.


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25 January, 2007 17:11

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26 January, 2007 14:33


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