Federer tames Dimitrov to reach Brisbane final

Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:17am EST
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By Julian Linden

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Roger Federer moved to within one win of his 1,000 career victory when he crushed Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International.

The Swiss maestro produced a masterclass display to brush aside his young challenger, dubbed "Baby Fed", 6-2 6-2 in just 53 minutes.

Federer will now play Milos Raonic in Sunday's final after the big-serving Canadian blasted 34 aces past Kei Nishikori to win the first semi-final 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

If Federer wins his 83rd career title on Sunday he will join Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl as just the third man to chalk up 1,000 ATP match wins.

"It's a goal for the season, so I still have time to get to a thousand," he said. "I hope it's tomorrow, clearly.

"It's a really big number, no doubt about it. Love to get it tomorrow, especially in the finals in an ATP event where most of my wins have come.

"If not tomorrow, I hope it happens at the Australian Open. Been a lot of the matches, a lot of toughening out plays.

"I don't know if it's a goal, but it would definitely be an incredible milestone to reach."   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand return during his men's singles semi final win over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane January 10, 2015.    REUTERS/Jason Reed