Federer express shows no signs of slowing down

Fri Jan 9, 2015 5:41am EST
 
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By Julian Linden

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Roger Federer sent a reminder to the young guns of men's tennis that he is nowhere near close to riding quietly into the sunset when he romped to victory in just 39 minutes at the Brisbane International on Friday.

The 33-year-old Swiss maestro produced a masterclass of shot-making as he thrashed Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-0 6-1 to charge into the semi-finals of the Australian Open warm-up event.

Federer's amazing performance came just 24 hours after he struggled to see off John Millman, raising doubts about his form ahead of the first grand slam of the year.

It was also stark evidence that he remains a major force in men's tennis with an utterly dominant victory on the same day Japanese sensation Kei Nishikori led a trio of rising stars into the last four.

Nishikori, still on a high after reaching the final of last year's U.S. Open, continued his impressive build-up to Melbourne when he demolished Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-4.

He was joined in the last four by Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov, another two up-and-comers tipped to challenge the old order at this year's majors.

Raonic rode his booming serve to a 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(2) win over Australia's Sam Groth to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against Nishikori.

Dimitrov made light work of his quarter-final with Martin Klizan, defeating the Slovakian 6-3 6-4 to book an equally attractive encounter against Federer.   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand return to James Duckworth of Australia in their men's singles quarter-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 9, 2015.    REUTERS/Jason Reed