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Federer rolls into Brisbane semis
Brisbane, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) – Roger Federer looked like his old
Grand Slam champion self on Friday with a rout of Marinko Matosevic in the
quarterfinals of the Brisbane International.
The top-seeded Federer needed a mere 58 minutes to dispatch the 28-year-old
Aussie in a 6-1, 6-1 mauling at Pat Rafter Arena.
“Tonight I felt very good against Matosevic who can play very dangerous,” said
Federer. “He’s got a good enough serve and return as well. But I was able to
control most of the match except the very beginning. For that, I’m very
Federer broke serve five times and blasted nine aces in the lopsided victory.
The Swiss superstar will next face eighth-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in
Chardy knocked off Australian wild card Samuel Groth, 7-5, 6-4, and will face
Federer for the first time in his career.
“He plays very aggressive on the hard courts,” said Federer about his next
foe. “I remember seeing him play really well in Cincinnati, which is similar
to here. I remember seeing him play well at the Aussie Open last year when he
made the quarters.”
The other semifinal will feature second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan and
Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt.
Nishikori claimed a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic, while
Hewitt thumped Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, 6-4, 6-2.
Hewitt won the Brisbane title in 1998 and 2000, also finishing as the 1999
runner-up to Thomas Enqvist.