U.S. Open Final
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NEW YORK (AFP) Ã¢â‚¬â€ Roger Federer maintained his dominance over Andy Roddick to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday, keeping alive his bid to win four titles in a row in New York.
The top seed and defending champion defeated the home favourite 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in an intense night-time encounter that turned on two tie-breaks which brought out the brilliant best from the world's top player.
Federer made it 26 wins in a row at the US Open and he is now just two games away from emulating the four-in-a-row feat of Bill Tilden in the 1920s.
"I could do nothing on his serve for two and half sets - that shows you how good a server he is. That was a tough thing," he said. "But I played well on my own service games.
"I played great in the tie-breakers and once he was down two sets to none it was obviously a hard thing to come back against me."
In Saturday's semi-finals, the Swiss star will play fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, against whom he has a 9-0 winning record.
Davydenko, who lost to Federer in last year's semi-final in New York, defeated Germany's Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 sending him into the last four as the only player not to have dropped a set.
Roddick's defeat means that the winless stretch for American men in Grand Slam tournaments extends to 16, one short of the record between 1984 and 1989. It was also his 14th defeat in 15 games against Federer, including the last 10 in a row..
"I played well. I'm not walking off with any questions in my head this time. I'm not walking with my head down. I played my ass off out there tonight and can hold my head high, but that doesn't mean I can't be pissed off," he said.
Both Federer and Roddick were dressed in black for their much-anticipated prime-time showdown for which the world No.1 was the hot favourite.