Federer routs Roddick


Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Even top-ranked Roger Federer was stunned by his domination of Andy Roddick.

After looking vulnerable in some of his earlier matches, Federer was virtually untouchable as he beat sixth-seeded Roddick 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 Thursday at the Australian Open to reach his seventh consecutive Grand Slam final, tying a record set by Jack Crawford in 1934.

"This was definitely one of my best matches I ever played," said Federer, who is seeking his 10th major title. "I had one of these days when everything just worked, I was unbeatable. It's just unreal. I was playing out of my mind. I am shocked myself.

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

Serena Williams earlier proved her doubters wrong.

Unseeded after an injury-plagued 2006 that limited her to four tournaments, Williams reached her first Grand Slam final in two years by beating Nicole Vaidisova 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Standing in the way of an eighth Grand Slam title — she already has two here — is top-seeded Maria Sharapova. Sharapova turned her semifinal against No. 4 Kim Clijsters into an Australian farewell match for the 23-year-old Belgian, who is retiring at the end of the year, with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Federer will play the winner of today's semifinal between 10th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez and No. 12 Tommy Haas. Williams and Sharapova will face off today in the final.

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