Federer makes Australian semifinals

Jan. 23, 2008 at 8:47 PM
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MELBOURNE, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer Wednesday led the men's winners in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open at Melbourne.

The Swiss star extended his winning streak to 19 matches in a row by beating No. 12 seed James Blake of the United States 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 with 13 aces and five service breaks.

"I'm looking at history, looking at my own game," he said. "Playing against James is always great fun. He's dangerous when he's even behind in the game and he made some incredible shots."

The 28-year-old Blake recorded three breaks and 33 unforced errors.

He sank to 1-11 lifetime against No. 1-ranked players.

Federer's semifinal opponent Friday will be third-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia, a 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 winner against No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain.

Djokovic, 20, has not lost a set at the season's first Grand Slam but is just 1-5 lifetime against Federer.

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