Roger Federer sets up semifinal clash with Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane
Roger Federer lookes like a man on a mission as he thrashed Australian wildcard James Duckworth 6-0, 6-1 in just 39 minutes. The Swiss meastro did not break much sweat in the first set as he played delightful tennis to bagel his Aussie opponent in 16 minutes.
Duckworth received warm applause from the home crowd in Pat Rafter arena when he finally got on the scoreboard after holding onto his serve in the third game of the second set. However, Federer was too good on the day to give any chances to Duckworth and ran away with the next four games to reach the semifinals. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will next face Grigor Dimitrov in the last four, who beat Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-4 in a dominant display.
Milos Raonic reached the semifinals courtesy a hard fought 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (7-2) win over local favorite Sam Groth. Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori looked in ominous form as he dispatched another Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-4. Nishikori has come out on top in his last two matches against the Canadian.
The top four seeds have reached the semifinals at the expense of three Aussies in the quarterfinals!