Federer drubs Gasquet on way to U.S. Open semis

Wed Sep 9, 2015 11:42pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer dominated France's Richard Gasquet in a 6-3 6-3 6-1 scamper into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Federer seemed intent on beating the rain that was forecast to hit Flushing Meadows as he safely stormed into the last four, where he will face fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

The fifth-seeded Wawrinka, the reigning French Open champion, advanced with an equally unstressed 6-4 6-4 6-0 victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

Federer and Gasquet both employ one-handed backhands, but apart from that elegant stroke there were very few similarities.

Federer, 34, could hardly miss and Gasquet all too often played the role of innocent bystander in the 87-minute mauling.

The Swiss maestro uncorked 50 winners to a mere eight from Gasquet and the record 17-times grand slam winner has been looking like a new, improved, revitalized model of late.

"Since a few years now, or many years, I have tried to look at the big picture to hopefully still be playing at a high level at this age," Federer said.

"I have been able to take the ball earlier, and I think I'm volleying better than I have the last 10 years."   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Richard Gasquet of France on day ten of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports