The computer-like, hitting machine that glides across the court, smacking winners from everywhere and responds to the name â€˜Roger Federerâ€™ will compete in its 10th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal on Saturday… Top-ranked Federer, the personification of perfection on a tennis court, bounced No. 5 Andy Roddick 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 Wednesday night in the U.S. Open quarterfinals before a sold-out crowd of more than 23,000. The 26-year-old Swiss whiz, moved effortlessly throughout the two-hour match, struck the ball precisely from both sides and won every key point in the first two sets when Roddick tested him at every turn.
â€œI didnâ€™t have a break point until the third set, which shows how tough it was,â€ Federer said. â€œI think we both played pretty well.â€
â€œI think I made him play as well he could play,â€ said Roddick who has beaten Federer only once in 15 career matches. â€œIâ€™m not walking off with any questions in my head this time. Iâ€™m not walking with my head down. I played my aâ€”off out there.â€
Federer finished with 48 winners, including 15 aces and committed only 18 unforced errors. Roddick had 42 winners, including 14 aces and committed 24 unforced errors.
â€œI thought the match was high level,â€ Federer said. â€œYou couldnâ€™t afford to make any mistakes. I thought it was great tennis. I didnâ€™t think it was a piece of cake at all.â€
Seeking a fourth consecutive U.S. Open and 12th Grand Slam title. Federer says that his â€œrepertoire of shotsâ€ is a key reason why heâ€™s tough to beat.
â€œI feel I can count on many things in my game to work,â€ he said. â€œIf my serve doesnâ€™t work, I know my baseline game helps me out. So if one breaks down, Iâ€™m still okay. Mentally, Iâ€™m always aware of my opponent. I never underestimate. And usually, I can play the moment very well.â€
On Saturday, Federer plays Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals. In Thursdayâ€™s quarterfinals, No. 3 Novak Djokovic faces No. 17 Carlos Moya and No. 15 David Ferrer plays No. 20 Juan Ignacio Chela.