ATP Brisbane International: Top seed Roger Federer moves into semi-finals

Last Updated: 04/01/14 10:09am

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Roger Federer: Proved far too good for Marinko Matosevic

Roger Federer: Proved far too good for Marinko Matosevic

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Roger Federer cruised into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International after brushing aside the challenge of local hope Marinko Matosevic for the loss of just two games.

The Swiss top seed was close to his imperious best, taking just 57 minutes to record a one-sided 6-1 6-1 triumph over his Australian rival.

Matosevic had actually put Federer under pressure in the opening game of the match, bringing up three break points on his opponent's serve.

But Federer survived all three and, after holding, surged away into a 5-0 lead before Matosevic was belatedly able to get on the board.

The Australian took the first game of the second set, but that would be as good as things got for the 28-year-old from Melbourne as Federer moved up a gear to set up a showdown with Jeremy Chardy in the last four.

Dangerous

"Tonight I felt very good against Matosevic who can play very dangerously," Federer said. "He's got a good enough serve and return as well.

"But I was able to control most of the match except the very beginning."

Chardy secured his passage with a 7-5 6-4 win over Australian wildcard Sam Groth, but there will be a home presence in the semis as the evergreen Lleyton Hewitt came through his quarter-final.

The 32-year-old crowd favourite proved too strong for Marius Copil, beating the Romanian qualifier 6-4 6-2 and will next face Kei Nishikori.

The Japanese second seed defied scorching conditions to outlast Marin Cilic, the world number 17 eventually coming through 6-4 5-7 6-2 in two hours and 40 minutes.

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