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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Awesome Federer destroys Hewitt
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Roger Federer
Roger Federer swept into a third consecutive Wimbledon final with a comprehensive 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over world number two Lleyton Hewitt.

Hewitt had lost his last seven matches against Federer and the pattern never looked likely to change on Friday.

Federer gave up an early break in the first set but once he went 5-3 up, it was plain sailing for the top seed.

Hewitt upped his game in the third but faltered in the tie-break and allowed Federer to advance to Sunday's final.

"I still can't believe I did it so smoothly, in three sets," defending champion Federer told BBC Sport.

"I'm really pleased to reach my third consecutive final. It's fantastic. I'll definitely sleep well tonight."

Federer, who has won his last 20 finals, added: "I hope my record isn't going to slip on Sunday."

Hewitt paid tribute to Federer's performance.

"There's no doubt he was a better player," he said.

I've got no doubt that I'm the second best player going around right at the moment
Lleyton Hewitt

"I don't think psychology had much to do with the match. He just served better than me. He dictated play better than me."

Hewitt said before the match that Federer was "almost unbeatable" on grass and the Australian could do nothing to dispel that theory on Friday.

The world number two had no answer to the strength and variety of his opponent's groundstrokes.

Hewitt made only seven errors in the first set, but it was Federer's 14 winners that proved decisive.

Ominously, Federer managed to land only 37% of his first serves in that opening set.

In the second, he upped that to 65%, allowing him to take complete control of proceedings.

At 2-2, Hewitt saved a break point with two brave forehands but it was a brief stay of execution and from deuce, Federer earned another opportunity and Hewitt netted a backhand.

Hewitt refused to buckle in the third.

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The feisty Australian saved two break points at 2-3, prompting Federer to remonstrate with himself.

Hewitt then had a rare glimmer of hope in the next game when he had deuce but he was left incensed by a controversial line call.

A forehand from Federer was called out, only for the umpire to overrule and then ignore Hewitt's subsequent audible obscenity.

The Australian did well to maintain his focus and go on to force the tie-break.

However, a double fault handed Federer a 4-1 lead and the world number one clinched victory when Hewitt netted a forehand.

Federer, who has won his last 15 sets against Hewitt and has posted 35 straight wins on grass, will face second seed Andy Roddick or Thomas Johansson in the final.


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