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Last Updated: Friday, 7 July 2006, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Sizzling Federer crushes Bjorkman
By Mike Burnett
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Roger Federer
Federer cruises into the final after a peerless display
Roger Federer made short work of Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman to reach his fourth straight Wimbledon final.

World number one Federer, 24, took just one hour and 17 minutes to wrap up a 6-2 6-0 6-2 win on Centre Court.

Rain saw the start of Friday's match delayed by two hours but the defending champion wasted no time against an opponent 10 years his senior.

Bjorkman had no reply, trailing 3-2 in the first set before an 11-game losing streak on his way to defeat.

Federer will face French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who beat Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis in the other semi-final.

The 20-year-old Spaniard beat Federer for the French Open title last month and has defeated him five straight times, including four finals this year.

But Friday saw a crushing loss for Bjorkman, who was in his first Grand Slam semi-final since 1997.

I got on a roll and played excellent tennis

Roger Federer
However, few expected Federer to be troubled by the Swede, especially given his imperious form at SW19 over the past two weeks.

"It was difficult because I was such a favourite going into the match," he told BBC Sport.

"Bjorkman's a veteran and he knows how to play. He's been in the semi-final of a Slam before, so I had to be careful.

"I played a secure gameplan at the beginning to see how he played me and then I got on a roll and played excellent tennis."

I felt like I played a guy who was near as perfection as you can play the game

Jonas Bjorkman on Federer
The Swiss star, who has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament, is now just one match away from his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title.

Doubles specialist Bjorkman described Federer's performance as almost flawless.

"I felt like I played a guy who was near as perfection as you can play the game," said the Swede. "He just made it look so easy.

"I had the best seat in the house in a way.

"He doesn't get enough credit for his serve - everyone talks about everything else he's got, but his serve is very effective and he has the same toss in every serve more or less - that's why he's so hard to read.

"He hits the spots really well with good spin and a mix-up, and that's what makes it so hard on grass against him."

The result extended Federer's Open era record grass-court winning streak to 47 in the most one-sided men's semi-final at Wimbledon since the tournament adopted its current format in 1922.

"I was flawless," Federer added. "I had high expectations to win this match. And then to come through and play at the level I did, that's great."

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