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Last Updated: Friday, 4 July, 2003, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
Federer destroys Roddick
Switzerland's Roger Federer
Federer produced a near faultless display to defeat Roddick
Switzerland's Roger Federer produced a sublime display to defeat fifth seed Andy Roddick 7-6 6-3 6-3 in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Centre Court.

The fourth seed barely put a foot wrong as a succession of clean winners and perfectly-placed volleys left Roddick floundering.

Roddick, who had dropped just one set in an impressive journey to the semi-finals, had no answer to Federer's fluency around the court in a disappointing performance.

Federer hit 17 aces and fired his way out of trouble on the only two break points he faced in a totally dominant performance.

The match lasted just one hour and 43 minutes - even quicker than Mark Philippoussis' defeat of Sebastien Grosjean in the other semi.

Roddick's one real chance at establishing himself in the match was wasted when he hit a feeble forehand volley into the net on set point in the first set tie-break.

Federer seized the initiative to take the tie-break 8-6 and went from strength to strength.

I'm very happy to have the opportunity to win a Grand Slam
Roger Federer
Saving two break points in the opening game of the second set, Federer produced a majestic cross-court forehand to break Roddick for 2-0 and continued to hold serve to take the set.

A poor Roddick backhand into the net presented Federer with the break he needed in the fifth game of the third set.

And a succession of superb passing shots brought up his first match points on Roddick's serve at 5-3.

Roddick saved the first two but a wide forehand sealed Federer's well-deserved victory.

"It's incredible right now," Federer told BBC Sport.

"It is my favourite tournament so it is a dream.

"This was just outstanding - I hope I can keep this up for the final.

"I'm not thinking about the final at the moment - I'm just celebrating this victory.

"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to win a Grand Slam."

The 21-year-old will become the first Swiss player to play in the Wimbledon final when he faces Australia's Mark Philippoussis on Sunday.





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