Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Federer Dictates Del Potro to Meet Roddick
Federer smiles after beating Del Petro
Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into the semi-final of the 2009 Australian Open, overpowering Argentinian 20-year-old Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-0, 6-0. Del Potro, though seeded eight, was not a level opponent for the three times Australian Open winner and subsided in just an hour and twenty minutes.
Federer wipes his sweat
"I thought it would be a long match," Roger said after his terrific display. "His level dropped considerately towards the end, but you have to get him to that point first. I'm happy not to have wasted any further energy after the five sets against Berdych."
Roger is looking forward to meeting Andy Roddick, who beat Serbian Novak Djokovic, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1 in the semifinal. He does, after all, boast a 15-2 head-to-head record over the American seventh seed. He will have particularly fond memories of his last Australian Open meeting with Roddick, when he gave up just six games in winning their semi-final two years ago. However, their last competitive meeting saw the American emerge victorious at the Miami Masters last year.
Roddick progressed after the defending champion Djokovic retired in the final set due to extreme heat.
American Roddick returns the ball to Djokovic
In the women's singles, All Russian semi-final happened as seven-seeded Vera Zvonareva blowed French Marion Bartoli out in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Bartoli was the one who overcame world number one Jelena Jankovic in the 4th Round. Zvonareva will face compatriot Dinara Safina.
Zvonareva beats Bartoli 6-3, 6-0
Dinara Safina overcomes Jelena Dokic
Safina outshone local favorite Jelena Dokic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. After sharing 6-4, 4-6, in the first two sets, Safina showed that she was more improved in the performance, taking the third set 6-4.
Dokic leaves the court, losing to Safina